Do You Like to Read?

reading materialAs the traveling season winds down, we have a new volunteer opportunity for those of you in the local area.

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  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!

And the First of the Stearman Pilots Have Landed!

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!


36th Annual Jim Wright Memorial Stearman Fly-In

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.

Tulacz Stearman



Wings & Wheels photos are going up on Flickr

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.

1947 Luscombe 8E at Wings and Wheels at Oregon Aviation Historical Society.

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 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!

Cottage Grove Wings & Wheels a Great Success!

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!

Mike Danielle's Great Lakes

Mike Danielle’s Great Lakes

Kyle Bushman's 1966 Ford F100

Kyle Bushman’s 1966 Ford F100

Wings & Wheels Registration Form

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.

Wings and Wheels reg form

Send your completed form to


The work proceeds apace on the Great Lakes and the Wimpy

Here are just a couple of photos to whet your interest.  Below you see Ben Farringer working on the wing for the Wimpy, and Bob Spielman and Kyle Bushman working together on the Great Lakes.  Many thanks to Rick Brown of RAB Imaging ( for letting us use his great photos.

Ben working on the Wimpy

Ben working on the Wimpy

Bob and Kyle working on the Great Lakes

Bob and Kyle working on the Great Lakes

Hall of Fame Ceremony 2014

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.

James Meadows, President Kindred, and Charles Meadows after the ceremony.

President Kindred giving James and Charles Meadows the Hall of Fame award.

President Kindred giving James and Charles Meadows the Hall of Fame award.

Work Resumes on the Great Lakes and the Wimpy

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!