Wings to Rockets (and back again)

We just finished installing the OAHS display for 2012 at the Cottage Grove Library, and it looks great! We start with the Wright Bros, Silas Christofferson, and Hank Troh, with a little does of local history in the form of a collage honoring Jim Wright thrown in for good measure.  Next we have a collection of engines and images: the Continental A-40 from the Springfield Cadet, a McCulloch drone engine, and the Le Rhone, all surrounded by images of vintage aircraft and their pilots.  We’ve incorporated four of the Timeline panels donated to us by Lorraine Troh Gabel (one of which inspired the concept of “Wings to Rockets” for this display), along with a great poster showing “How Things Fly.”

In the Blue Room we are highlighting the role of Oregonians in the space program, and I’ve got to give a shout out the the fantastic folks at the NASA “Aspire to Inspire” site.  I contacted them asking about female Oregonians involved in the space program and they not only directed me to Susan Helms information, but they connected me with a couple of other women with Oregon roots who are involved in non-flying aspects of the program.  Great service from this group and I can’t say “Thank You” enough!

Finally, we’ve put a small exhibit in the “teen” corner, with illustrations of both early aviators and Steampunk attire, to show how the two intersect.  We’ve got some flight caps, a bowler with scarf and vintage goggles, and great photos in there as well (see the header photo for an idea of what that looks like).

If you live in the area, stop by and take a look, then let us know what you want to see in next year’s display.  If you don’t live in the area, go to the Photo Gallery and check out the pix we took yesterday (under 2012 Cottage Grove Library).

What a wonderful tribute!

If you were not at the Hall of Fame induction on Saturday, April 21, you missed a wonderful tribute to Henry “Hank” Troh.  John Sedey, a friend and student of Hank’s, shared many photos and stories from Hank’s life.  We were lucky to have in attendance Hank’s daughter Lorraine and other members of the family, as well as Judy Wagner Black and Annette Buswell Whittington, daughters of two of Hank’s friends (Harold Wagner and Myron Buswell).  Lorraine was overheard to mention that it was a reunion of the “airfield kids.”

We also publicly noted the long service of Roger Starr as President of the OAHS.  Roger served in that capacity from 1985 until 2011, when he handed over the reins to our current President, Doug Kindred.

Many thanks to Connie Ourada and the catering staff at the Village Green.  The food was great (we received a lot of positive comments on the lunch) and the service impeccable.

If you’d like to learn more about Hank and his “biggest little airport in the world,” we have copies of Lorraine’s book available for sale.  “Troh’s Air Taxi,” can be yours for just $25, which includes shipping anywhere in the continental US (for other destinations, please email us for more info).  Just use the “Donate” button on any  of the pages here on the site and in the comments section tell us you want a copy of Lorraine’s book.

Keep an eye out for our March, 2013 newsletter, when we will announce the details of our Hall of Fame ceremony for next year.  You won’t want to miss it!