Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Two hundred or more visiting aircraft are expected this weekend at the fifth annual Fly-In at Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum. Fly-In hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, and fair weather is in the forecast.
This year there are added events on Sunday. Both days, visitors can purchase rides in an open-cockpit 1928 Stearman.
Fly-in brings together the visiting aircraft and the hundreds of planes and cars in the WAAAM collection, in the hangars and the field, located next to Ken Jernstedt Airfield.
WAAAM is located at 1600 Air Museum Road, a mile south of Hood River, just off Tucker Road. Fly-In admission is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 5-18. Parking for the event is free.
In the spotlight this weekend are three Waco (wah-co) planes that were restored by WAAAM board member Jerry Wenger, of Powell, Colo.
“Waco is a name that is revered in aviation. In the 1920s Waco built more planes than all other makers combined,” said Ken Olsson, Fly-In coordinator.
Other highlights include Saturday’s 2 p.m. birthday celebration, with museum founder Terry Bryant and WAAAM director Judy Newman cutting the cake, and a retirement party for pilot and preservationist Tom Murphy, Sunday at 2 p.m.
At noon Sunday, pilot and curator Ben Davidson will talk about the Waco planes restored by Jerry Wenger.
New this year:
n An M-29 Weasel, track vehicle used for supply and reconnaissance.
“It’s a curious-looking little thing; think of it as a Jeep with tracks instead of wheels,” Olsson said.
n 1928 Velie Monotroupe 70, made by Willard Velie, grandson of John Deere. Velie also built tractors and cars, and Bryant is currently arranging to acquire a Velie automobile.
This year the museum honors the Piper J-3 Cub, the yellow plane depicted on the 2012 event poster.
WAAAM has two 75-year-old Cubs to share; these planes were used in recreation, aerial application and military liaisons.
7-11 a.m. — Lions breakfast (admission required)
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. — lunch served
1 p.m. — Stearman Model 70 rollout (restoration in progress)
1 p.m. — Meet daredevil pilot Tom Murphy, who flew off Portland’s Multnomah Hotel roof in 1995
2 p.m. — Cake is cut for five-year birthday celebration
6 p.m. — Silent auction dinner, tri-tip steak catered by West Side Fire Department; $20 per ticket
Noon — Jerry Wenger plane restoration talk by Ben Davidson
1 p.m. — See the 1908 Russell steam tractor drive
2 p.m. — Retirement party for Tom Murphy
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Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge