Welcome Home Whiffle Hen!

timandwhifflehenThanks in part to your continued donations, OAHS has been able to acquire a new piece of Oregon Aviation history! One of two Eyerly Coupes, also known as the Whiffle Hen, is currently on her way back to Oregon from the great state of Wyoming. Engineered and built circa 1931 by Lee Eyerly of Eyerly Aircraft Co., Salem, Or.


Sold at least twice after production in the 1930’s, the plane traveled to and from Oregon towed on it’s landing gear, with the tail wheel as a hitch. Hopefully this trip home is a bit smoother!

People’s Choice Award Winners

Congratulations to Ron Englund and George & Sylvia Potter for bringing the People’s Choice Favorites to the Third Annual Cottage Grove Wings & Wheels! Ron’s 1929 Fleet 2 took Favorite Aircraft and George & Sylvia’s 1937 Packard won for Favorite Auto. It was a great event and we hope to see you all here next year!


Third Annual Cottage Grove Wings & Wheels

Bring the family and your camera to the Oregon Aviation History Center on June 25, 2016 for the Third Annual Cottage Grove Wings & Wheels!  The weather is supposed to be great this year and we are looking forward to a number of new cars and aircraft for the event.

Admission is $5 at the gate for visitors age 16 and up, with younger guests admitted for free.  All paid admissions include a ballot for our People’s Choice awards for favorite aircraft and auto. Admissions are cash only, sorry.

The most senior items on display (as of this writing) will be a 1917 Ford Model T and a 1929 Fleet 2.  We’ll have a group of vintage bicycles this year along with the cars, trucks, and aircraft.  Food will be available for purchase on site and the Deathmobile from the film Animal House will be on display for photo ops.

It should be a great event this year and we hope to see you all there!


For more info, just drop us an email at oregonaviation.org@gmail.com or call

Spring is in the air

If you are a regular follower of this page then you know that we’ve been doing a little “spring cleaning” and sprucing up for our summer tourist season.  I am delighted to tell you that the interior painting is now finished and everything is all put back where it belongs.  We have a bright new blue on the walls, previously stored art now on display, and new photo tracks for the Oregon Aviation Hall of Fame that leave plenty of room for photos to come.


You can see how much more room there is for additional photos with the new tracks.

Our next project is the Media Room.  Many of you have heard us talk of this over the years and it is finally coming to fruition.  The framing and the outer walls are up and we should be able to get the electrical installed and the inner drywall up in the next couple of weeks.  Then we’ll paint it, hunt for floor covering and sound proofing (preferably donated), and we’ll re-position the gift shop unit to stand alongside the Media Room.  We’ll be running videos on a loop during our open hours and events so that those visitors who would like to sit a spell and watch old newsreels or the Beaverton Outlaws videos may do so in comfort.  We hope you’ll stop by this summer to check on our updates and see how we’re doing!

As a reminder, our summer Open Hours begin next Friday, May 6, at 10 am.  We’ll be open on Fridays 10-3 and on Saturdays 10-4.  Since our docents are all volunteers, it is always a good idea to call ahead on holiday weekends to make certain we will have someone here on that weekend.  Our number is 541-767-0244, and the email address is oregonaviation.org@gmail.com.  Thanks to all of our volunteers for your hard work and dedication in these projects.  We honestly couldn’t do it without you!

2016 Hall of Fame Presentation

Thank you to everyone who attended the ceremony inducting Capt. Basil B. Smith into the Oregon Aviation Hall of Fame.  We had some technical difficulties (the PowerPoint reader did some odd things to the presentation layout and the microphone started dying toward the end) but overall it was a nice presentation.  Thank you to Eva Johnson and Heidi Brandenberg, great-nieces of B. B. Smith, for making the drive from Washington for the event, and thanks to Tim Talen for leading the presentation and sharing your personal insights on Smith and some of the aircraft he designed.  We did record the presentation and, depending on how that recording turned out, may be able to post it on our YouTube channel.  If so, we’ll put up a link ASAP.

In the meantime, you can view the PowerPoint presentation (free of glitches) by clicking here: Basil B Smith.

The Quest for Color Continues!

Well, it is taking a little longer than we had hoped to get the downstairs interior of the History Center painted, but we are clearly making progress.  We are also taking advantage of the fact that everything had to be moved around for painting and doing a little re-organizing of the displays and some of the shelved items in the library.

Here you can get a good idea of the difference in color from the old, grayish-blue to the new, brighter blue:

And here you can see a little hint of how we are rearranging our displays:


We are working hard to finish this up and get everything back into place before the Annual Meeting and Hall of Fame Ceremony on Saturday, April 9. If you want to help out, come on down on either Tuesday, March 29 or Friday, April 1. We’ll be able to put you to work somehow, I promise!

Speaking of the Hall of Fame Ceremony, there are still seats available for the lunch and ceremony.  Please contact DJ at oregonaviation.org@gmail.com if you have questions on how to send in your reservations.

The Great Lakes has moved to Jasper Ridge

GL to Jasper

To facilitate the final restoration work, Tim Talen moved the Hester/Rankin Great Lakes to his hangar at Jasper Ridge.  He should be able to devote more time to this aircraft now that he doesn’t need to travel to Cottage Grove to work on it.

Now to figure out how to rearrange the displays with the extra space now that the Great Lakes is out of the way.  If you’d like to help out with that, let us know.  It always requires more than one pair of hands to move everything around.

Basil B. Smith and the Student Prince

Student Prince fans, rejoice! The Oregon Aviation Historical Society will be inducting Basil B. Smith, designer of the Student Prince, into the Oregon Aviation Hall of Fame on April 9, 2016.  Smith designed the aircraft while working at the Adcox Automotive and Aviation Trade School in Portland in the late 1920s.  The Student Prince was Oregon’s first production aircraft: three were produced and certificated before the stock market crash in 1929, and three additional were built from the jigs of the original construction (and hence were not certificated).  The header image is of Student Prince #103 (sorry for the slight blurriness).  This aircraft is currently owned and flown by Summer Martell.  The other two “official” Student Prince aircraft are #101, owned by Tim Talen, and #102, owned by Ed Carlson.

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held at 1:00 at the Village Green in Cottage Grove.  Capt. Smith’s sole surviving child will be traveling from Arizona for the event and we’d love to have a big turnout.   Lunch is $23 per person and you can use PayPal to reserve your spot: just go to the About Us page and click on the PayPal button.  In the “Notes” section tell us who the reservations are for so we can make name tags for you.  If you have any questions please contact DJ at oregonaviation.org@gmail.com, or use the contact form on the Contact Us page.

Below is a photo of Student Prince #102, owned at the time by Don Wray.

Wray Student Prince

A GREAT Start to the New Year

We hope you all had a wonderful winter holiday season and are settling back into the regular swing of things easily.  We have great news to start the new year off: the Murphy Rebel has SOLD!  If you recall, board member Ray Costello donated his Murphy Rebel to the OAHS specifically as a general fundraising vehicle, and it has sold.  Thank you to buyer Tim Bero for recognizing the beauty and the value of this fantastic vehicle.

In other news, the Richard and Diane Van Grunsven Family Foundation gave the OAHS three grants to help with some of our restoration projects: $1,000 toward the Great Lakes project, $1,000 to the Wimpy project, and $500 for the Whiffle Hen.  We really appreciate the support!

Your January newsletters should be in the mail by January 26, and if you haven’t yet renewed your membership you’ll find a reminder with your hard copy newsletter.  Remember, you can’t vote in the board of directors election unless you are up to date on your membership.

Happy Holidays!

We hope you have all survived the recent deluge safely with little or no damage to property.  It’s been an interesting autumn – let’s see what winter brings for us here in the PNW.

We hope you all have a wonderful holiday season and safe travels.  Oh, and the year-end newsletters have been sent, so if you did not receive your annual renewal form please let us know.