It's 2016 and
We Are Ready for a New Year!
of the New Year is
"Old Car Inspection 101"
"How The Museum Restores Vehicles"
History lives!...It's not easy but it sure is fun!
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!
9am Museum Opens
11 Restoration Shop Tour
11:30 Auto Demo
Noon Caboose Tour
1 Restoration Shop Tour
1:30 Auto Demo
5 Museum Closes
Keep on learning... every day!
LATEST WAAAM BUILDING FUND TAKES FLIGHT
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.
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
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
1950s: August 6
Take a class. Heck, take them all!
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
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.
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
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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."
"My family had a blast..."
It's Happening Here
Old Cars 101
Inspections to keep them running
The Wind, the Wave, the Thrill
What it takes to be a Hood River pilot
Stearman 70 Celebration
A One of a Kind Aircraft
A Gathering of Fords
Driving through the Decades
Local History Spotlight:
100th Anniversary of the
Columbia River Hwy
Aviation Camp for Kids
Driving through the Decades
5th Annual WAAAM
Car Show & Swap Meet
Driving through the Decades 1950s
Motorcycles!! Ride On
Annual Hood River Fly-in
September 10 & 11
Annual Hood River Fly-in
Year of the Stearman
The 30's! Cars & Planes
Dress the Part
Museum is Closed Today
Christmas during Wartime-
Keeping the home fires burning
Museum is Closed Today
Shop the Museum Store
(no admission required to shop)
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
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
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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12 new pictures hanging on your wall!
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Start the year off right!
Buy a MEMBERSHIP to show your support and enjoy all WAAAM has to offer.
2 adult of the same household + their children/grandchildren 18 yrs & under)
Member +1 (guest) $120
(one named member who can bring a guest)
Members +2 (guest) $150
(two named members who can bring 2 guest each )
membership benefits are
~ Unlimited museum
~ Gift Shop 10% discounts
~ Monthly Newsletter
~ Members only events
(check limits with your tax adviser)
WAAAM is supported by you.
Business Membership are
Now Available. Call us for information.
Open Daily 9 ~ 5
Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Years Day
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!
1953 PA-20 Pacer
The WAAAM Volunteers