In Memoriam

Update: There will be a celebration of life honoring Hal and Milo on
Sunday, September 13, at 3 pm at the Eugene Faith Center, 1410 W. 13th, Eugene.

Hal Skinner

Hal and his InterstateIt is with deep sorrow that we report the passing of Hal Skinner, one of the founding members of the Oregon Aviation Historical Society and a long time supporter of aviation history. Hal and his grandson Milo were killed in an aircraft crash on September 7, 2015 at the Creswell Airport.

Hal learned to fly in 1980, in a Cessna 152 at the Creswell Airport. He later went on to own a 1941 Interstate Cadet S1A, a lovely aircraft that was restored by Tim Talen and delivered to the Skinners in 1985. He and Carol flew that aircraft all over for many years. After selling the Interstate he briefly owned a Pober Pixie before purchasing the Luscombe that Milo was piloting on September 7th. Hal and Carol were married for sixty-four years.
Hal was an accountant by trade, specializing in tax preparation and retirement planning, and was involved in his church, the Boy Scouts of America, and Rotary International.  He was a trustee/director of the OAHS on and off from its early days in 1983 until 2011, at which time he retired from the board. He was a regular presence at OAHS events and he never failed to volunteer to help out in any way that he could. He will most definitely be missed.

Milo Skinner

Hal and Milo

Instructor Holly Robinson, Milo Skinner, and Hal Skinner.

Milo Skinner, grandson of Hal Skinner, was a pilot and a supporter of the OAHS. He graciously created our first brochure and first website and was very helpful in moving the website from its original host to its current location and format. Milo loved to play in his grandparents’ airplanes, and from the time he was a child Hal would talk to him about flying. He rode with Hal on many flights and finally began to take lessons from instructor Holly Robinson. Milo soloed shortly after his sixteenth birthday, the day before he obtained his driver’s license.
We offer our sincere condolences to Carol and the rest of the family during this time. We will post any information regarding memorial services as soon as we receive them.
Please share your photos and memories of Hal and Milo in the comments section.  If your photo won’t upload, you can share that at our Facebook page (

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

In order to allow our volunteers and staff to spend time with family and friends this holiday weekend, the Oregon Aviation History Center will be closed.  We’ll be back on to our regular open hours schedule of Fridays 10-3 and Saturdays 10-4 next week.

We apologize for any inconvenience and as always we thank you for your continued support.

Need a new airplane? Want to support the OAHS? Here’s your chance!

Some of you may already know that we have a MURPHY REBEL for sale.  This wonderful experimental aircraft was donated to us for the purpose of selling it as a fundraiser.

It is a great plane for back country flying.  Tim Talen, OAHS Vice President and resident restoration guru, is handling the sale for us.  Please visit the Murphy Rebel page here on this site for more info, or give Tim a call to set up a time to come down and see this aircraft (541-968-1273 . 541-746-6572).

Murphy Rebel again

Closed on July 4th

In order to allow our staff and volunteers to celebrate the 4th of July with friends and family, the Oregon Aviation History Center will be closed on that day. We will be open again for our regular Saturday hours on July 11.

We hope you all enjoy your 4th of July celebrations safely, and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

See you soon!

The Summer Event Season is Here!

If you read our May newsletter, you know that we will be busy this summer with events here at the History Center and with off site events as well.

The first big event is June 27th, from 11 am until 4 pm right here in our own backyard (literally).  We have some new things planned for the 2nd Annual Cottage Grove Wings & Wheels: a raffle for a complete personal auto detailing valued at $250 from Brad’s Chevrolet; ballots for our People’s Choice awards for Favorite Auto and Favorite Aircraft; and our new Great Lakes tee shirt and poster will debut as well.

To whet your appetite, here’s a glimpse of the poster (the shirt will have the same image):

GreatLakeShirtv4Mark your calendars now for this event – you won’t want to miss it!

May Newsletters are in the Mail!

And you should receive them next week.  Of course, if you get the electronic version, you’ll see that arrive shortly (if it hasn’t already), and as always, there is a PDF version uploaded to the Newsletters page on this website.

This month we share a little more history regarding the OAHS, along with a status update on the Baby Fleet and the summer event schedule.

Happy Reading!

2nd Annual Cottage Grove Wings & Wheels

We are starting to get registrations forms turned in for the Wings & Wheels event on June 27th, which is very exciting!  As a reminder to all of you who might want to show off your aircraft or your four-wheeled wonder, we do have limited guaranteed spaces available.  If you want to participate, print off a 2015 Wings and Wheels reg form, fill it in and send it to us ASAP.  Unregistered vehicles that simply show up on the day of the event are not guaranteed admission (we may simply not have room for you).  We’re all looking forward to the event – fingers crossed that the weather is perfect!

Annual Meeting and Hall of Fame

We are coming up on Annual Meeting time again, and this year we will be meeting at the Village Green for a lovely lunch of chicken with a creamy Boursin garlic sauce, salad, veggies and dessert.  On Saturday, April 11, we will we be sharing information on the state of the organization and inducting James Carle “Jimmy” Rinehart into the Oregon Aviation Hall of Fame.  Along with his other accomplishments, Mr. Rinehart started the Columbia Gorge Air Service, Inc. (see photo above), was an instructor at Tex Rankin’s school in Portland and was a civilian flight instructor at Ryan Airfield in Hemet, CA during World War II.

We expect to be joined by a dozen or so members of Mr. Rinehart’s family and would love to see as many of our members in attendance as possible.  If you are a member you should have received your luncheon RSVP form in the mail (along with your board of directors ballot).  If you are a non-member and would like to attend, lunch is $22 per person and you can reserve your seats via PayPal, regular mail, or by emailing DJ at the OAHS (she’ll then give you all the details you need).  Visit our Newsletters page to see the latest newsletter with info on Mr. Rinehart.  Make sure to provide the names of your attendees so we can have name badges ready for you at the door.

Newsletter Survey Results

The initial survey on the newsletter and the change to a digital format has been completed and analyzed.  You can find the results at the link below.  If you did not get the chance to respond to the survey and would like to add your comments, please email them to the administrator at (or use the Contact form on this website).  Thanks so much to everyone who shared their thoughts!

OAHS Newsletter Survey Results