On April 12, 2014, the Oregon Aviation Historical Society was delighted to induct Col. James Lester “Les” Meadows, USAFR (Ret.) to the Oregon Aviation Hall of Fame. Society members were joined by Col. Meadows’ twin sons James and Charles, along with granddaughter Melinda and great-grandson Justin. James and Charles presented a thoughtful and informative slide show and shared anecdotes of their father’s flying career. It is always nice to learn something about an Oregon aviation pioneer that is new to us, and this day was no exception. Thank you so much, James and Charles, for the effort you put into the presentation and for sharing your memories with us. And a big Thank You to Marianne Meadows, who sent two sunflower centerpieces that brightened up the hanger.
On another note, it is coming up on Open Hours season! Beginning May 3, the OAHS will be open from 10 am until 4 pm every Saturday through September (with the probable exception of the July 4 weekend). If you haven’t been down here yet, or if it’s been a while, you owe it to yourself to visit and see what is new at the History Center. If you are a member and would like to act as a docent on one of the open Saturdays, give DJ a call.
James Meadows, President Kindred, and Charles Meadows after the ceremony.
President Kindred giving James and Charles Meadows the Hall of Fame award.
Starting today, regular work sessions will be tentatively scheduled for Fridays in order to work on the Great Lakes and on the Wimpy. As things progress, I’ll add photos of the work in progress to keep you all updated.
Can’t wait to see it all finished!
We would like to wish you all a very and prosperous Happy New Year. Please celebrate safely and keep an eye out for those who may not. Don’t forget to visit us in the coming year!
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!