|Our feature of the month is the one-and-only bonafide unique and genuine 1933 Stearman 70
Don't Miss It!
Come early and don't miss any of the fun.
9am - MUSEUM OPENS
Veterans and Seniors always get a discount at WAAAM
10am - 2pm - ACTION! -
Flying and Driving.
(See list of cars that will be out driving below in the "Car Guys" column.)
Kid's activity: Between 10am and 2pm kids can take part in their own "airplane restoration." They will be fixing up and painting a kid sized model that shows how airplane controls work. This is a hands on activity so if any kid wants to participate be sure to wear some grubbies.
11am - 1pm - LUNCH
Good stuff: Hamburgers, Hot dogs, etc.
11am - RESTORATION SHOP TOUR
Tour the hidden places at WAAAM and see how boxes of miscellaneous junk and rusty old parts are turned magically (add lots of elbow grease) into beautifully restored pieces of art.
11:30am - 12:30pm - CABOOSE TOUR!
Come again - WAAAM is open 362 days a year!
Keep on learning... every day!
Northwest Aviation Conference & Trade Show
WAAAM once again had a presence at the Northwest Aviation Conference & Trade Show in Puyallup, WA on February 20-21. Judy Newman, Ken Olsson and Jo Masterson staffed the WAAAM booth, pitching the museum to trade show visitors who'd never been here and pitching our ongoing growth to those who have.
The turnout was, as always, large bringing lots of people to our booth so we could let them know what we're doing here in Hood River. The aerial photo of last year's Fly-in was a hit with everyone. Pilots who'd flown in looked for their planes and we happily showed everyone where the new construction was going to happen and where we'd be adding airplane parking. Also fun was showing visitors that the full page Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association ad in the show program featured a beautiful photo of our Waco YPF-6.
We went home tired but pleased with the weekend.
Progress Report from Jay
On Tuesday March 1st we moved the Stearman model 70 from the comforts of our restoration shop, out into the main H1 hanger
for final assembly. The completion
of this aircraft is a momentous occasion that everyone here at WAAAM has been looking forward to for a very long time.
The Stearman 70 was the only one of this airplane ever built. To learn the truly epic tale of this airplane's birth, the monumental impact it had on WWII in the form of the Kaydet trainers (aka Model 75s), it's untimely demise and eventual rebirth after being parted out and scattered to the breeze, join us at 1:00PM for this special talk.
The restoration of this airplane has been ongoing since at least the 80s. We're bringing in the guy that has done the most work on it, Tom Murphy, along with the current head of the restoration department, Jay Matson Bell, to tell the story and give a special tour of the shop to take a close look at the airplane.
While the museum has often shared parts of this story, for the first time ever we are putting all the pieces together for visitors to enjoy in one talk. For those that cannot make the 1pm talk a regular shop tour will be given at 11am too. Although the airplane will not be flying or running its engine during the event we are pleased to say that it officially looks like an airplane now. The big push to finish this project coincides with the 100 year anniversary of Boeing. The relationship between Stearman and Boeing is another tale for another day and I'm sure Jay could tell it better than me anyway.
WAAAM Car Guys*
"Monthly Smoke Signals!"
The "Storage and Light Repair Building" was
issued the building permit
! We should be able to
start erecting the structure before the end of this
Please let Gene Wright know if you are able to
help erect the building. We can use several
able body volunteers.
On Second Saturday, March 12 from 10am to 2
the following cars will be out for rides: (weather
1914 Model-T Depot Hack,
1931 Model-A Roadster with rumble seat,
1930 Hudson Super-8
4 dr. sedan,
1930 DeSoto 4 dr. sedan,
1931 Chevy Phaeton and our
1936 Chevy 2 dr. sedan.
I also hear that Jack Wolff might have his 1915
Overland, Model 82 Touring car out for rides too.
WAAAM's "Monthly Photo Vehicle" is the
1909 Franklin. (See the photo below.)
It will be in place for this month's Second Saturday event.
Where are you going, Stephanie?
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Your donations are Tax Deductable!
Our First Scheduled 2016
Learn How to
Drive a Model-T
Ford Class Is
On May 28.
There is still room in the Model T Driving School Classes and also in the Driving through the Decades Classes! They make great gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, Mother's/Father's Day, and for those who have their driver's license graduation gifts. Or just for the love of old cars.
Get behind the wheel and drive into history at WAAAM
Car Restoration Shop News
The Car Guys are actively seeking additional volunteers to join our team. We need volunteers who can do basic auto maintenance, upholstery, wood body or metal body repair, fabrication, electrical, mechanical and grant writing. We also need car ride drivers for Second Saturday events, parades, cruise boat guests and special events and car ride hosts to load/unload people.
Thank you Allen Bell for providing two museum volunteers last month to help load and unload the cars. Welcome Gabe Vossberg and Jay Orand
our new volunteers to WAAAM!
If you are interested
in becoming a WAAAM Car Guy Volunteer, please contact Stephanie Hatch at
Aviation Quote for March:
The air up there in the clouds is very
pure and fine, bracing and delicious.
And why shouldn't it be?
It is the same the angels breathe.
Chapter XXII, 1886
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!
"So much better than what I thought I'd see--Excellent Restorations!"
Director of WAAAM.
"WAAAM has had a busy February. Our attendance has been good, but oh my gosh the volunteers have been busy. Jay has had a big crew in the shop trying to get the Waco 9 and Stearman 70 finished. The car guys have been moving cars, planning on the new auto shop building and getting automobiles ready to drive. The steam crew did get the big gear cast, delivered, and Jack is getting it finished on his milling machine. The steam tractor has all new steel tubes welded into the chamber....what a month. Ken and I, with my daughter Jo, put together the display for the NW Aviation Show sponsored buy the Washington Pilots Association, which is always a success for us. We talked with lots of old friends, new friends and friends yet to come. It was fantastic. Thanks for all the volunteer help in loading trailers, setting up and unloading. Building project of the BIG new hangar on schedule, with plans being sent into the county for permits, etc. The car building (our 30X36) should be ready to start going up the middle of March and we are going to need volunteers to help, so we will e-mail out the word for "help" days. We are busy getting ready for a very busy season and thanks to you all, it will be a great one.
It's Happening Here
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
July 11 - 14
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
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In celebration of
Women's History Month the
documentary on DVD -
Breaking Through the Clouds: The First Women's National Air Derby
will be available for sale in the Museum Store
Breaking Through the Clouds is the inspiring true story of twenty women who raced across America in the First Women's National Air Derby. Amelia Earhart, Pancho Barnes, Louise Thaden, and Bobbi Trout are just a few of the courageous women who competed in this historical race from California to Ohio in the summer of 1929. With just a compass and a road map to guide them, they navigated through cultural stereotypes, mechanical failures, threats of sabotage, emergency landings, and endless chicken dinners. Their story is inspiring for anyone seeking the courage to follow their own dreams.
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