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2016 January Newsletter 
It's 2016 and 
We Are Ready for a New Year!
Our First 
of the New Year is 
January 9th

"Old Car Inspection 101" 
"How The Museum Restores Vehicles"

History lives!...It's not easy but it sure is fun!
Roy Pettit and the Hubmobile
WAAAM will feature our restoration projects from 10am-2pm.

Our volunteers will offer insight on how WAAAM inspects its incoming vehicles and gets them back in driving and flying condition.
"The knowledge of our volunteers is amazing," says Museum Director Judy Newman.
"This is an opportunity to get a close up look at some of the projects you've always wondered about, like our 1922 Velie, and also to see what we do when something new comes in or how we maintain what we have."
he WAAAM checklist for safety inspections is quite lengthy and visitors will be treated to a special assessment of the newest vehicle to be donated to the museum - a 1931 Chevy 4-Door Phaeton. 

The airplane restoration shop will be open to tour at 11am & 1pm . It is winter so weather permitting, flying and driving of several vehicles will take place between 10 AM and 2 PM. We know you understand and respect these antiques like we do so cross your fingers that the sun shines a bit on Second Saturday so that we can get them in the fresh air!

       The Schedule

9am     Museum Opens
10-2    Action!!!
11        Restoration Shop Tour
11:30  Auto Demo
11-1    Lunch
Noon   Caboose Tour
1          Restoration Shop Tour
1:30    Auto Demo
5          Museum Closes

Keep on learning... every day!

New 45,000 Sq. Ft. Expansion In The Works
The Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum is pleased to announce a major gift of $1.5 million from airplane enthusiast Jerry Wenger. This donation is the start of another building expansion to increase the display space found at the museum from just over 2.5 acres to just over 3.5 acres.
"WAAAM has been very successful because of all our donors and our fantastic volunteers who make this all happen," says Museum Director Judy Newman. "These are all folks who love airplanes and automobiles and old stuff and do what they can to keep the stories of the past relevant to today. This isn't a private collection of antiques - WAAAM is a community collective of transportation history made possible by many individuals."

You can help.
It takes a village to grow a museum. 
Help up keep history alive and running

This is the START! 
$200 has just come in to be added to the building fund.  new_business_idea.jpg

Thank you to Dick Johnson of Georgia.
(former Model T Driving School graduate) 

Dicks donation leaves us just 
$1,499,800 to raise to match what Mr .Wenger had donated! We can do it. One dollar at a time.
New Class Announced
"Driving Through the  Decades "

Things used to be black and white. We want to take you back to this simpler time when you did not need a computer to tell you your tire pressure is low, that having a big engine was GOOD and the automobile had style.

Get behind the wheel and drive into history at WAAAM

Class Dates:  2016!
1930s:June 4 
1940s:July 2
1950s: August 6

Take a class. Heck, take them all!

Aircraft Restoration 
Progress Report

WACO 9 Hand painted by

Just in time for December second Saturday, Eric Jenson returned the rudder for the Waco 9 with his hand painted lettering on it, and it looks just great

Taa daa  WACO 9
On that same day (Thursday December 10th ) the hard working volunteer restoration crew installed the wings on the Waco 9, after squeezing it out the shop door into the main hanger.
Model 70 progress
Work on the Stearman model 70 is progressing nicely, with the tail fairings almost complete, and engine starter, air intake box, and engine cowling starting to take shape.

Hope to see you all this Saturday for our restoration shop tours at 11am and 1pm in hanger H1



One of our Volunteers has passed away.
Todd O'Mealy, a good friend, volunteer, and WAAAM supporter is gone.

Todd volunteered in WAAAM's airplane restoration shop all day Tuesday since early 2014. His precise handiwork can be found on many of the museum's airplanes including the now complete Franklin Glider and the Rearwin Speedster and also the in-progress WACO Nine. 

He always enjoyed working on the airplanes and we always enjoyed having him as a our wingman.

We hope you had the chance to meet Todd.

  Our thoughts and sympathy go out to his family and his friends.

He made a difference here at WAAAM and will be greatly missed.

        Todd (third from the right) long with his fellow shop volunteers             upon completion of the Rearwin Speedster Restoration
              Read more about our friend   Todd O'Mealy

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Local Man Honored for Aviation Career 

92 year old museum friend and supporter Jack Dunn is highlighted on this new site:   Jack Dunn Stories

Jack (pictured) owned an Aeronca LC 
like the one here at WAAAM
Please take some time to listen to the interviews, and read the stories compiled by his friend Roy Pettit who says "I encourage you to browse the web site contents to begin understanding what a unique individual Jack Dunn is, and what an interesting life he has had experiencing aviation history".

Jack had a career in aviation for the last 60 years of the 20th century - a time when aviation went from biplanes to jets.  Jack's  55,000 hours of flying experiences include:
+ Hellcat pilot flying night fighters from the USS Yorktown in WWII
+ Navy test pilot during the migration from prop planes to jet planes
+ Delta Airlines flying Lockheed Constellations
+ Lockheed test pilot during the development of the C-130 Hercules and C5A Galaxy
+ Corporate pilot
+ Flight instructor, FBO, and FAA Examiner
+ Owner of two dozen airplanes, including many antique and classic aircraft
+ A lifetime of modeling, including the pioneering days of radio controlled airplanes

"Never have more children than you have car windows."

-Erma Bombeck

Issue 1, 2016
Visitor Quote:
         "My family had a blast..."
              Facebook post

It's Happening Here

January 9
Second Saturday
Old Cars 101
Inspections to keep them running
Auto Restorations

February 13
Second Saturday
The Wind, the Wave, the Thrill
What it takes to be a Hood River pilot

March 12
Second Saturday
Stearman 70 Celebration
A One of a Kind Aircraft

April 9
Second Saturday
A Gathering of Fords
Bring yours

May 14 
Second Saturday
Antique Gliders

May 28
Limited space

June 4
Driving through the Decades
Class info- limited space 

June 11
Second Saturday
Local History Spotlight:
100th Anniversary of the 
Columbia River Hwy

June 25
Model T Driving School
Limited space
July TBA
Aviation Camp for Kids

July 2 
Driving through the Decades
Class info- limited space 

July 9
Second Saturday
5th Annual WAAAM
Traffic Jam
Car Show & Swap Meet
-WAAAM Style-

July 23
Limited space

August 6
Driving through the Decades 1950s 
Class info- limited space 

August 13
Second Saturday
Motorcycles!! Ride On

August 27
Limited space

September 10
Second Saturday
Annual Hood River Fly-in

September 10 & 11
Annual Hood River Fly-in
Year of the Stearman

September 17 

September 24th
Limited space

October 8
Second Saturday
The 30's! Cars & Planes
Dress the Part

November 12
Second Saturday
Military Uniforms

November 24
Thanksgiving Day
Museum is Closed Today

December 10
Second Saturday
Christmas during Wartime-
Keeping the home fires burning

December 25
Christmas Day
Museum is Closed Today


Shop the Museum Store
(no admission required to shop) 

New Release

Flying The Feathered Edge: The Bob Hoover Project


The Story of an Aviation Legend 

Curl up with a new DVD or a great book on these cold days.

DVD's, Books, Calendars, Glassware, Wine, Clothing, Hats, Puzzles, Toys, Admission Passes, Memberships/ Annual Pass,
Model T Driving School, more

WAAAM Members receive a 10% discount

1931 Chevrolet 
Phaeton Donation
  starts the new year rolling along 

Bill & Mina Clough of Spray, OR have donated their stunning 1931 Chevrolet 4 Door Phaeton
It started with a phone call and the words "I want to donate my car." The Cloughs learned about WAAAM through an  article  in the Ruralite Magazine and the rest is now a part of our museums history. (How cool is that?)

Volunteers Brian Brand and Dan Lubbers retrieved the car from the Cloughs and trucked it to its new home in the museum. "We drove it on and off the trailer making this all the more exciting" Says Lubbers.

Many thanks and much appreciation to Bill and Mina. Their generous gift helps keep WAAAM among the top Museums  in the world.

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Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Years Day  


Tax Planning 
Time is Now
WAAAM is a  qualifying

501 C 3 Non- profit Museum.


Your donations of money, items, stock, real estate etc are tax deductible!


Remember the benefits of the Oregon Cultural Trust matching credit.


Volunteers can take certain deductions too! 

WVFA-Flying Club
1953 PA-20 Pacer

The WAAAM Volunteers  
Flying Association! 

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Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum

1600 Air Museum Rd. Hood River, OR 97031