USA 2012

Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum (WAAAM)

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My report on a visit on 11Jun12 to the Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum (WAAAM) in Hood River, Oregon (United States). More photos (esspecially of the automobiles) can be found on my Flickr.com pages (link at bottom page).
And for information on the museum see also bottom page (but take your time getting there!).
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Replica of the remarkable 1912 Curtiss Pusher, on display in the lobby.

When he learned to fly in 1916, Northwest Airlines Chief Pilot Walter Bullock had owned an original Curtiss Pusher. In the 1940's he wanted to fly one again but no originals could be found.

In 1947 he completed and flew his replica. The wings are faithful to the original but the engine and the structure are much modernized using a Continental 85 in place of the primitive Curtiss engine and steel tube instead the original wood and bamboo.

Bullock and the plane's second owner, Peter M. Bowers both put many hours on the plane, flying both for pleasure and to reenact a number of famous flights.

In 1959 Bowers reenacted Glenn Curtiss' 1910 Hudson River flight which won a $10,000 purse for the first airplane flight from Albany, NY to New York City.

The plane changed hands again, and is now on display at WAAAM.

In 1992 Tom Murphy, WAAAM's Director of Restorations, flew this airplane from Portland, Oregon to Vancouver, Washington, reenacting the first interstate air mail flight in the U.S. done in 1912 by Walter Edwards. A few months before Edwards' flight Silas Christofferson, flying the same airplane that Edwards flew, had departed Portland from the roof of the new eight-story Multnomah Hotel and flew to Vancouver Barracks. In 1995 Tom Murphy reenacted Christofferson's flight using this airplane. A short video about Tom's flight plays at the museum throughout the day.

 

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Long Henderson Longster III(R) N10115 (c/n 3)

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WACO 10 (GXE) NC6513 (c/n 1810)

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Lincoln Page LP-3 NC136W (c/n 259)

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WAAAM's Crown Jewel: 1917 Curtiss JN-4D

Designed by Glenn Curtiss and B. Douglas Thomas, the Curtiss JN-4D 'Jenny' was the trainer of choice in both England and the US during World War I. Over 9,000 were built by seven companies and it’s estimated that 95% of American and British WWI pilots received training in the Jenny.

One version of the Jenny was used by General Pershing in 1916 to pursue Pancho Villa after he’d attacked the U.S. 13th Cavalry at Camp Furlong, New Mexico.

When WWI ended the Curtiss Airplane Company bought back large numbers of Jennys, refurbished them and resold them in the civilian market. Many pilots used their Army training to introduce America to flight by “barnstorming” or flying from town to town to show off with acrobatics and wingwalking and to sell rides.

The first scheduled air mail flights in the USA in 1918 also used Jennys.
[Source: www.waaamuseum.org/pages/antiques/airplanes.html]

 

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The museum has a huge selection of antique cars, ranging from luxury models to this workhorse..

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Dart G N20993 (c/n G-11), registered Terry R. Brandt 11Jun2007

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Davis D-1K NC151Y (c/n 510)

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WACO UBF NC13027 (c/n 3660), manufactured in 1932.

Built as the WACO Ten before WACO changed its model designation in 1928, the GXE was among the first of WACO's alphabet airplanes. It was an extremely adaptable and popular airplane and was used for barnstorming (aerobatics and selling rides), training and charter flying. The Ten was raced as well, and an OX-5-powered WACO Ten won its class in the 1927 New York-to-Spokane Transcontinental Air Derby.

 

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WACO YPF NC15700 (c/n 4375)

Museum info in june 2012: "Three beautiful antique WACO biplanes have just been donated to WAAAM!
The 1932 UBF and the 1935 YPF (with over 9.000 hours into the restoration) arrived at WAAAM over the Memorial Day weekend and the 3rd, an ATO, will be in on June's Second Saturday baring weather and volunteer pilot timing. More info to come...."


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Another recent addition: a 1937 Funk B, N9000 (donated by Terry R. Brandt, who has many antique planes to his name)

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WACO GXE NC7662 (c/n 1657)

The Waco Aircraft Company (WACO) was an aircraft manufacturer located in Troy, Ohio, USA. Between 1919 and 1947, the company produced a wide range of civilian biplanes.
The company initially started under the name Weaver Aircraft Company of Ohio but changed its name to the Waco Aircraft Company in 1928/29.
Wikipedia, more..

 

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Buhl LA-1 Flying Bull Pup NC365Y (c/n 154), it dates from 1931

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This Fleet 7 NC682M (c/n 230) dates from 1930

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Stearman Aircraft C3-B NC8830 (MFR Year 1928)

Stearman Aircraft Corporation was an aircraft manufacturer in Wichita, Kansas.
Although the company designed a range of other aircraft, it is most known for producing the Model 75, which is commonly known simply as the 'Stearman' or 'Boeing Stearman'.
Wikipedia, more..

 

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Brunner-Winkle Bird A NC945V (c/n 1046), manufactured in 1929

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(1931) American Eagle Eaglet B-31 NC595Y (c/n 1103)

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1931 Curtiss Wright CW-1 Junior NC671Y

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(1937) Aeronca LC NC17442 (c/n 2056), one of many registered to Terry R. Brandt (R23Mar07)

Aeronca, contracted from Aeronautical Corporation of America, located in Middletown, Ohio, is a US manufacturer of engine components and airframe structures for commercial aviation and the defense industry. In the 1930s and 1940s, the company was a major producer of general aviation aircraft, and also produced the engines for some of their early designs.
Aeronca has now become a division of Magellan Aerospace, producing aircraft, missile, and space vehicle components at the same location adjacent to Middletown’s Hook Field.
Wikipedia, more..

 

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1931 Aeronca C3 NC12423 (c/n A-189), on EDO floats

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Piper J3 Cub N30596 (c/n 4963), on EDO floats
The museum has a huge selection of Piper Cubs, over 20 in various models

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WACO CTO NC516M (c/n AT-3005), manufactured in 1929

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(1938) Taylorcraft BC-65 NC21239 (c/n 1029)

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(1931) Taylor E-2 Cub NC12610 (c/n 18)

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Taylor J-2 Cub NC16743 (c/n 580)

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(1938) Piper J-3C-65 Cub NC20255 (c/n 2055), also reg'd to Terry R. Brandt (R30aug1971)

Piper Aircraft, Inc., is a manufacturer of general aviation aircraft, located at the Vero Beach Municipal Airport in Vero Beach, Florida. Along with Beechcraft and Cessna, it is considered one of the 'Big Three' in the field of general aviation construction.
Between its founding in 1927 and the end of 2009, the company has produced 144,000 aircraft in 160 certified models, of which 90,000 are still flying!

The company was originally founded as the Taylor Brothers Aircraft Manufacturing Company in September 1927 by Clarence Gilbert Taylor and Gordon A. Taylor in Rochester, New York. The company was renamed Taylor Brothers Aircraft Corporation in April 1928, shortly before Gordon Taylor died in a plane crash on April 24, 1928. The company was enticed to move to Bradford, Pennsylvania, with the promise of larger facility and investment capital from local businessmen, including an initial investment of $400 from local oilman William T. Piper. The move was completed in September, 1929.

In late 1930, the company filed for bankruptcy and William T. Piper purchased the assets of the company for $761. Reorganized as the Taylor Aircraft Company, Piper effectively took control of the firm when he assumed the position of corporate secretary-treasurer, although he retained C. G. Taylor in the role of president. Piper, often called the "Henry Ford of Aviation", firmly believed a simple-to-operate, low-cost, private airplane would flourish, even in the darkest depths of the Great Depression.

In December 1935, after a series of clashes, William Piper bought out C. G. Taylor, who left the company and went on to form the Taylorcraft Aircraft Company. On March 16, 1937 a fire destroyed the Bradford factory and the company relocated to an abandoned silk mill in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania. By November 1937, it was renamed Piper Aircraft Corporation.
Wikipedia, more..

 

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(1938) Piper J-3P Cub NC21561 (c/n 2474)

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(1940) Piper J-3C-65 Cub NC30210 (c/n 4693), another one of Mr Brandt's

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(1932) Fairchild 22 C7B NC12454 (c/n 1503)

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(1933) Fairchild 22-C7A NC2816 (c/n 1053)

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In 1929 manufactured by Arrow Aircraft & Motors, N853H is an Arrow Sport Pursuit (c/n 412)

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(1931) Franklin Sport 90 NC13271 (c/n 106)

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(1929) Brunner Winkle Bird CK N14K (c/n 106)

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(1931) Curtiss Wright Travel Air CW-12W Sport Trainer NC11715 (c/n 12W-2040)

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WACO RNF NC143Y (c/n 3417) - previously reg'd as NC11224, N11224, CF-AMD

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Rearwin 185 Skyranger NC90685 (1780)

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(1938) Piper J-4A Cub Coupe NC21867 (4-410), another one of Mr Brandt's

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Taylorcraft BC-12-65 NC29840 (c/n 2691)

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Boeing-Stearman B75N1 N69652, painted in US Coast Guard colours

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N69652 'Venus Godess of Love' has been registered to Lickety Split Race Team (Canby,OR) since 21Apr2005

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Boeing-Stearman N69652 was manufactured in 1943, as a trainer for the military

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North American SNJ-5 N5199V, mfr 1960 (history see below)

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Glory days for Lickety Split Race Team; I like the pin up!

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History AT-6D (SNJ-5) 42-84266 (c/n 88-6047) by www.warbirdregistry.org:
Delivered to USN as BuNo 43875, 19??.
Leo J. Demers, Madras, OR, 1963-1964.
- Registered as N5199V.
Chuck Drake, Seattle, WA, 1966
Professional Planning Group, Seattle, WA, 1969-1970.
Aviation Unlimited, Renton, WA, 1972.
- Flew as race #9/"Gotchya!".
West Pacific Electric, Grants Pass, OR, 1976-1977.
Marshal Wells, 1977-1978
- Flew as race #9 "Cum'n Thru!".
Wilbert L. Mehrer, Portland,OR, Nov. 2, 1983-2002.
- Flew as race #9/"Lickety Split".
Lickety Split Race Team Inc, Portland, OR, Aug. 2003-2006.
- Flown as race #9/"Lickety Split".

 

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Beech E18S N18BY (c/n BA-275). N18BY was reg'd to 18BY LLC (Portland,OR) on 08Jun2000

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Naval Aircraft Factory N3N-3 N45042 / BuNo.2582-27

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(1941) Boeing-Stearman A75 Kaydet (PT-13B) N57444 (c/n 75-166), ex/ 40-1609, painted as N2S-3

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Piper L-4J (J-3C-65) Cub N1071N 45-4544 (c/n 13284)

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Aeronca L-3B Grasshopper N47751 42-14716 (c/n 5242)

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Fairchild UC-86 42-78040 (NC48411, cn R40-405)

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Piper J-5 Cub (HE-1 / AE-1) N63557 BuNo.30262 (c/n5-1465), air ambulance US Navy

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Cessna T-50 Bobcat ( N58542AT-17B,UC-17B) 271507 (42-71507)

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Fairchild PT-19B (M-62A) Cornell N56268 42-34576 (c/n T43-5242)

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Piper O-59A / L-4A (J-3C-65) N8370H 42-36750 (c/n 8874)

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(1941) Aeronca 65-TAL Defender N36874 (c/n L1971TA), registered to Judith M. Newman (R13Nov07)

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The museum borders on the airport and the view is impressive!

 

Hood River aviation museum info - Bob Ogden
The above is from 'Aviation Museums and Collections of North America', the most extensive book on the subject, compiled by Bob Ogden en published by Air-Britain (Historians Ltd), 2011. Source of much of the above information given.
Aviation Museums and Collections of North America - Bob Agden (Air Britain)

WAAAM: Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum

 

 

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