At the Experimental Aircraft Association annual banquet in Oshkosh, WI last month, our very own Tim Talen was inducted into the Vintage Aircraft Association Hall of Fame. The Eugene Register Guard has a lovely article about Tim and his latest honor in today’s issue. The header photo is one of the many Vintage Aircraft magazine covers that have featured Tim’s handiwork. Congratulations, Tim, on an honor that is well-deserved!
Happy Thanksgiving to all of our friends and supporters out there! We hope that however you celebrate it, your holiday is as happy as can be.
We wish you safe travels and great memories.
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On October 17, Tim Talen, Ben Farringer, and Kyle Bushman placed the left wing on the Wimpy to gauge the fit and determine what needed to be done for a perfect fit. Ben has been working on the Wimpy’s wings for the last several weeks and we are all very excited to see the work progressing at such a steady pace. The header photo above shows Kyle on your left, with Ben kneeling by the wing and Tim leaning over the wing on your right.
We have a lot of written and printed information here at the History Center and we need help going through it all to find the most appropriate search terms for each item. Much of the printed material is lacking an index of any type, which makes it more difficult for researchers to find what they are looking for. And it goes without saying that the handwritten info is in a similar state. All of this material eventually needs to be entered into our archive database with proper (and helpful) search terms attached.
And that is where you come in.
If you like to read and have a couple of hours a week that you can spend on this project, please let DJ know at email@example.com. We’re pretty flexible when it comes to scheduling, and we will do our best to fit all the volunteers in in such a way as to make it as easy as possible for you to help us out.
This is an ongoing project, so if you can’t help now but think you might be able to do so later, please keep an eye on this space. We will periodically repost this information as a reminder.
Thanks for all of your support!
Bill Fisher dropped his Stearman off this morning, and Larry Tobin and friends have arrived as an “advance party.” They had a great flight, the weather was good, and they are as excited as ever to be here. The rest of the aircraft should be arriving throughout the day tomorrow. Fingers crossed that the weather remains good and the fires remain small!
The Stearman fly-in is almost here! The pilots will be flying in to Cottage Grove throughout the day on Friday, August 1 and they’ll all head back home on Sunday, August 3. The best day to come out and wander among these vintage beauties is Saturday, August 2. It will likely be hot, so please leave your non-service dogs at home (we don’t want them to burn their paws). Biplane rides will be for sale again this year and Big Bites food truck will be back, so mark your calendars now for the 2014 Stearman Fly-In! For a map to our location, visit the Contact Us page.
Thanks for your patience! The first set of photos for the Wings & Wheels event have been uploaded to our Flickr account. The auto photos are still being worked on, but hopefully they’ll be up soon.
Many, many thanks to everyone who participated or helped in any way for this event.
If our photos aren’t enough for you, visit Rick Brown’s website at www.rabimaging.com/gallery/Wings-and-Wheels to see the great photos he took of the event. The Luscombe used in this post is one of Rick’s pix, and we greatly appreciate his allowing this limited use here!
Thank you to everyone who participated, who volunteered, or who showed up to see the airplanes and the autos during the 1st Annual Cottage Grove Wings & Wheels. The event was very successful and it seems like a good shot for an annual thing.
The photos will be up soon (having a little Flickr issue, sorry) and it’s not too late to start thinking about participating in next year’s event.
Thanks, everyone, and we’ll see you in August for the Stearman Fly-in!
For those of you wishing to register your auto last-minute, please download this form and get the info back to us ASAP. We prefer all vehicles be registered in order to cut down on the chaos on the morning of the event.
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