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Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum
Aviation and automobile museum in Oregon, United States
WAAAM is open to the public every day 9:00-5:00 except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. WAAAM has special activities the second Saturday of every month. The museum features flying demonstrations, auto demonstrations, and restoration demonstrations, though events vary month to month. The museum's biggest event is the annual Hood River Fly-In held the first weekend after Labor Day every year, and features antique aircraft and automobiles from throughout North America. As of May 2011, the museum is second-highest rated attraction in Hood River according to Trip Adviser and has continued to hold this rating.
WAAAM Fly-In morning
The museum was formed as a 501(c) organization in 2006, by collector Terry Brandt and opened in 2007, in a 95,000-square-foot (8,800 m2) building. The museum was started with 42 airplanes donated by Brandt and 20 automobiles. As of September 2010, the museum totaled 75 airplanes and in excess of 100 automobiles. About 55 of the airplanes were still able to fly at that time. In 2009, a second hangar was added to display the collection, and a third was built in 2013. A fourth addition was added November 2016. The collection in 2016 totals over 315 vehicles.
WAAAM boasts a large flying collection of OX-5-powered airplanes, and the largest collection of three-cylinder, radial-powered airplanes. The collection is mainly focused on aircraft in the period 1903-1941, but also includes light World War II Army, Army Air Corps, and naval aircraft.
Other notable aircraft not on display but in the WAAAM Collection:
Alfaro Primary Glider PTG-2
Dickenson Bathtub 101 - 1924
WACO GXE - 1927
WACO BSO - 1929
Stinson Model R -1932
Boeing/Stearman PT17 - 1946
Bowlus Baby Albatross BA-100 - 1948
Antique Autos WAAAM
WAAAM's antique cars were built between 1909 and the 1960s, and are still in running condition. There are over 175 autos on display. Most are from the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. The oldest car on display is a 1909 Franklin Model D.