Today is the Day!

Today we gather to honor local pilot and builder, James L. Wright as he is being inducted into the Oregon Aviation Hall of Fame for his contributions to the world of aviation.

A tireless promoter of aviation and a dedicated builder, Jim Wright was a true visionary. He was known as a community supporter here in Cottage Grove and friend to many.

It has been said the difference between a “pilot” and an “aviator” is that a pilot is a technician, while an aviator is an artist in love with flight.

Jim Wright was a skilled aviator who had a passion for preserving aviation history and the exhilaration of high-speed flight.

It is an honor for the OAHS Board of Directors to add James L. Wright to the Oregon Aviation Hall of Fame at this year’s OAHS Annual Stearman Fly-In.

The 2021 Commemorative License Plates are Here!

Be sure to check out our items for sale page for a limited chance to get one of these license plates made to honor Oregon’s Aviation Pioneers.

2021 marks A Century of the Oregon Department of Aviation (1921-1021) and you can be among the first to own these collectible commemorative plates.

Just donate a $100 gift to the museum and we’ll send you one of these limited edition license plates.

Come, Take a Journey to Historic Bernard’s Field

Experience the excitement of the dawn of man’s first attempts to soar, free, high above the earth! Hear their stories told by the people who lived it. Feel the comradery and pioneering spirit that compelled Oregons’ adventurers to take to the air in planes they fashioned out of materials at hand.

Take a virtual trip back in time to when daring adventurers journeyed to Bernard’s field, learned from each other and built a craft that enabled them to fly. This is one of the magnificent stories collected and shared by the Oregon Aviation Historical Society. Our mission is “Preserving Oregon’s Aviation Heritage for Future Generations.” We want to share with everyone who seeks to learn about these amazing pioneers and the machines they created. Come join us in this adventure.

OAHS Annual Meeting and Election of Officers

Greetings, all OAHS Members. and Friends:


OAHS was not able to host the usual annual meeting of the OAHS Membership yet. However, many of you members were faithful in returning your ballots to elect your representative officers for 2020. 

The 2020 slate of officers who constitute the Board of Directors of the Oregon Aviation Historical Society are:

Doug Kindred, Eugene, President of the Board
Tim Talen, Springfield, Vice President
Brad Chapman, Drain, Secretary
Annette Buswell-Whittington, Creswell, Treasurer
Dorothy Austin, Roseburg
John Barrong, Cottage Grove
Mark Baxter, Corvallis
Daniel Cathey, Cottage Grove
Tom Cunningham, Creswell
Mike Danielle, Cottage Grove
Wilbur Heath, Cottage Grove
Stan Loer, Grants Pass
Dennis Smith, Cottage Grove

The Hall of Fame induction of Jim Wright MAY occur at the Jim Wright Memorial Stearman Fly-in on August 1st. 

Watch for these friends at OAHS events and fundraisers. They work diligently to ensure we are faithful to our mission of “Preserving Oregon’s Aviation Heritage for Future Generations.” This office will keep you informed when the new date for the OAHS Annual Membership meeting has been set. Thank you all for your support, cards, letters and votes.

Take care of yourselves and stay well.
We look forward to seeing you all soon.

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