As you can see by the Walt Bohrer artwork in the header, it’s holiday season again. This year, that means snow and ice in the Willamette Valley, so we hope all of our friends and members have managed to stay safe and dry during this storm.
As a reminder, you can renew your membership or make a year-end gift to the OAHS via PayPal. Just click on any of the PayPal buttons on this site and make sure to tell us if it is a renewal or a gift in the message box.
However and whatever you celebrate during this time of the year, we hope it is a joyous season of laughter and peace for all of you.
The OAHS will be closed for the long weekend but emails and phone calls will be returned as soon as possible the first week in December.
We all hope that you have a safe and pleasant holiday weekend.
Our final newsletter for the year is going out in the mail over the next few days, but if you just can’t wait, mosey on over to the Newsletters page of this site and click on “Fall 2013″ for a sneak peek.
If you do not currently receive our newsletter and would like to, please drop me a line via the “Contact” page and we’ll see how we can rectify the situation.
Everyone here hopes you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and a great holiday season. Be safe, have fun, and stay warm!
On August 22, 2013, Gov. Kitzhaber proclaimed October to be Aviation Appreciation Month in Oregon. So go visit an aviation museum, get a ride in an airplane, or go to your local library to learn about the role that Oregon has played in aviation history. You can view the proclamation here:
I know, I know, you’ve been meaning to get out to the History Center and take a look around but you just haven’t managed to make it this year. Well, this Saturday, September 28, is our final regularly scheduled Open Hours day for 2013. We’ll be here from 10 to 4 and we’d love to show you around, answer your questions, and share a cup of coffee.
If you can’t make it, no worries, as we will always open up for personal tours. Just give us a ring or send an email a few days in advance and we’ll make sure that someone will be here to show you around.
It’s been a great summer and we are looking forward to getting the heater installed so we can do more work on the restorations during the non-flying season.
See you Saturday!
Our friends at Pearson Field are having a family-friendly event on Saturday, Sept. 21 that you might be interested in:
If you go, let the folks at Pearson know how you heard about the event!
Everyone here would like to offer a huge THANK YOU to the Stearman pilots (and others) who made it out to the 35th Annual Jim Wright Memorial Stearman Fly-In. Between Oshkosh and the heavy forest-fire smoke down south, our numbers were pretty low this year, which makes our gratitude even greater to those of you who made the trip. As always, an extra-special Thank You goes out to the Dimmer Family Foundation and to Betty Wright for their generous support of this event.
Stearman pilots rock!
Well, boys and girls, it’s almost that time of year. On August 2 and 3, the Oregon Aviation Historical Society will host the 35th Annual Jim Wright Memorial Stearman Fly-In. While the actual attendance is never known for certain until everyone shows up, we are hoping for 25-30 vintage biplanes to grace the field. If you haven’t seen one of these wonderful old planes up close, you really owe it to yourself to come out and take a look. Big radial engines, open cockpits, and a visual line that takes you back to the days of barnstormers and aerobatics, these vintage aircraft were originally used to train pilots in World War II.
It’s truly a memorable experience, and an educational one at the same time. So come on out and wander the field. Take all the photos you like, stop into the History Center and check out the planes undergoing restoration, and step back in time for a little while. But please, leave the four-leggeds at home. It gets pretty warm out on the tarmac, and we wouldn’t want any furbabies to burn their feet.
Oh, and did I mention that there is no charge to come out and take a look?
See you on the 3rd!
Larry Tobin taxiing down the runway at the 2012 fly-in
On July 6th, three of our members took the 1935 Stinson SR5E to both the Florence Wings & Wheels and the Roseburg Wings & Wheels events. It was a roaring success! Many people who have visited the Historical Society over the years remember the Stinson in various stages of restoration and they were delighted to see it finished and flying. It was so successful, in fact, that the guys barely had a chance to take any photos! They did manage to snag a couple of shots, however, and here they are:
Director Dorothy Austin in front of the Stinson at the Roseburg Wings & Wheels event.
We look forward to more events, more exposure, and more fun with the Stinson throughout the summer!
With so many things going on, the History Center will be closed on July 6th to allow our staff and volunteers to spend time with friends and family. We will reopen for our regular Saturday hours on July 13, from 10 am until 4 pm.
If you plan to be at the Roseburg Wings & Wheel event, look for our Stinson to make an appearance.
Have a safe and festive weekend, and we’ll see you next week!