WAAAM  

1600 Air Museum Rd.

Hood River, OR 97031

 

(541) 308-1600


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Closed: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Years Day

 

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Curtiss JN-4D "Jenny" - WAAAM's Crown Jewel

WAAAM's Curtiss Jenny flies though the sky with Mount Hood in the background.

The Barnstormer's Aeroplane of Choice

WAAAM founder, Terry Brandt, had been searching for a Curtiss Jenny for many years without success before Ben Davidson (now WAAAM Chief Pilot) found this one online. It had been dismantled in the nineteen twenties and stored in a barn in Ohio since then.

Designed by Glenn Curtiss and B. Douglas Thomas, the Curtiss JN-4D “Jenny” was the trainer of choice in both England and the U.S. 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 to 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 wing walking and to sell rides.

The first scheduled air mail flights in the USA in 1918 also used Jennys.

After buying the Jenny as a project and bringing it to Hood River Terry, Tom Murphy and Jeremy Young began restoring her to flying condition.

Boxes of parts were inventoried, the original fabric was removed and every piece of the airframe got the attention it needed to bring the airplane back to life. The pile of parts was exceptionally complete and in good condition. The wood in the airframe is more than 95% original, all the turnbuckles (~300 of them) are original, and the tires, bungees, control wires and fabric were replaced.

At the time, the Jennys were built the covering material was either Grade A Cotton or Irish linen. With an eye to the historical importance of this airplane Jeremy Young provided a 50-60 year-old stock of Irish linen to cover our Jenny. The dope finish was applied by hand with horsehair brushes just as it was done when they were new.

On the morning of May 17, 2008, Tom Murphy pulled the prop to start the OX-5 engine and the museum founder, Terry Brandt, flew our Jenny into WAAAM history with three circuits of the airport.

   

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News Flash  

Gazebo Build This Weekend

October 17 and 18 Pioneer Log Homes of BC will sponsor the gazebo build at WAAAM.

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Gazebo Build Postponed

Due to a scheduling conflict with the film crew the gazebo build has been postponed.

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Gazebo Build

Pioneer Log Homes of BC is sponsoring a gazebo build at the museum on October 10 and 11.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Many volunteer opportunities are available.  Here is a partial list of how you can get involved.

WAAAM Volunteers are awesome!

  • Museum Docents
  • Event Planning and Coordination
  • Library Services
  • Volunteer Services Representative
  • Marketing & Promotion
  • Restoration and Maintenance
  • Gift Shop
  • Administrative Support
  • Maintenance & Custodial
  • Training & Education

Find out more on our volunteer page.

   

Memberships & Sponsorships

Members enjoy special benifits.

There are four levels of membership available to individuals and families.

  • Solo Membership: $50.00 – One Individual Membership
  • Family Membership: $100.00 – 2 adults and children/grandchildren 18 years old and under.
  • Membership +1: $120.00 – One individual membership plus one guest.
  • Membership +2: $150.00 – Two individual memberships plus 2 guests.

Call (541) 308-1600 for information on Business Memberships.

   

Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum

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Where Oregon and Washington meet, at the Columbia River Gorge.

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