New Giveaway!!

We met our last goal!! Thank you to all who participated! We are now looking for another 25 likes on our Facebook page and we will draw another winner for our George Yates shirt!! So head on over and check out all that’s going on here at the museum and give us a like! We hope to see you soon and until then happy flying!!

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Merry Christmas to all!!

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

‘Twas the Flight Before Christmas!

“Twas the night before Christmas, and out on the ramp,
Not an airplane was stirring, not even a Champ.
The aircraft were fastened to tie downs with care,
In hopes – come morning – they’d all still be there.

The fuel trucks were nestled all snug in their spots,
Gusts were two-forty at thirty-nine knots.
I slumped at the fuel desk — at long last caught up –
And then settled down with my cold coffee cup.

When the scanner lit up with noise and the with chatter,
I turned up the volume to see what was the matter.
A vice clearly heard over static and snow
Called for clearance to land at the airport below.

He barked his transmission so lively and quick,
I near missed the call sign he used: “Ol’ St. Nick.”
I ran to the panel and turned up the lights,
To better welcome this magical flight.

He called his position, no room for denial,
“Ol’ St. Nick One, turnin’ left onto final.”
And what to may wondering eyes should appear,
But a Rutan-built sleigh, with eight Rotax Reindeer!

With vectors to final, down the glideslope he came.
As he passed all the fixes, he called them by name;
“Now Ringo! Now Tolga! Now Trini and Bacun!
On Comet! On Cupid!” What pills was he takin’?

While controllers were sittin’ and scratchin’ their heads,
They phoned to my office — I heard it with dread.
The message they left was both urgent and dour;
“When St. Nick pulls in, have him please call the tower.”

He landed like silk, with the sled runners sparking.
Ground said, “Left at Charlie and taxi to parking.”
He slowed to a taxi, then turned off three-oh,
And stopped on the ramp with a “Ho-ho-ho-ho.”

He stepped form the sleigh, but before he could talk,
I ran to meet him with my best set of chocks.
Red Helmet and goggles all covered with frost,
His white beard now blackened from Reindeer exhaust.

His breath smelled like peppermint gone slightly stale,
And he puffed his clay pipe — but he didn’t inhale.
His cheeks were all rosy and jiggled like jelly.
His boots were as black as a crop-duster’s belly.

He was chubby and plump, in his suit of bright red,
And he asked me to “Fill it with hunnert low-lead,”
when he came dashing in from the snow-covered pump,
I knew he was anxious for drainin’ the sump.

I spoke not a word but went straight to my work,
And I filled up the sleigh, when just stared like a jerk.
He strolled from the restroom, he sighed in relief,
Then he picked up a phone for a Flight Service brief.

And I thought, as he silently scribed in his log,
These reindeer could land with on-eighth mile in fog.
He completed his preflight, from front to the rear,
Then he put on his headset, and I heard him yell, “Clear!”

Then laying a finger on his mike’s push-to-talk,
He called up the tower for clearance and squawk.
“Take taxiway Charlie, the southbound direction,
Turn right three-two-zero at pilot’s discretion.”

He dashed down the runway, the best of the best,
“Your traffic’s a Grumman, inbound from the west.”
Then I heard him proclaim, as he climbed through the night,
“Merry Christmas to all! — Nick has traffic in sight!”

Christmas is Cottage Grove!

Restoration Friday: Covered Bridge Edition!

Cottage Grove, OR is also known as “The Covered Bridge Capitol of the West!” This year OAHS was asked to participate in some holiday decorating of our historic downtown, by decorating the Centennial bridge next to City Hall. We were happy to oblige!

If you are in the area, swing down Main St. and take a peek!

We are staffed Tuesday through Friday 10-3. We also have books on Oregon aviation – some with quite comical tales of first flights and near misses! As well as t-shirts and Tex Rankin aerobatic posters!

Restoration Friday:

There’s so much that’s been going on down here at the museum!

The crew has definitely been busy on the Springfield Cadet – AKA The Baby Fleet – trying to get it to display status so that we can begin on some of our other projects.

In the last couple of weeks our volunteers have gotten the dacron fabric covering on both the lower wings, as well as the ailerons. Today they were finishing up the heat shrinking of the fabric, as well as applying the first coat of poly brush. The crew was really feeling a sense of accomplishment today as there is very visible evidence of progress with the pink poly brush.

In the next few weeks they will begin on the labor intensive process of rib stitching.

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And the Winner is…

Braxton!! This guy was our lucky raffle winner from our Halloween RC Flyer giveaway. It was such a pleasure to have him and his family in our office yesterday. That smile proves that aviation has a bright future, and we are glad to see it! He was so very, very excited to win, and it was great to take them on a brief- but fun- tour of the museum hangar. We hope to see you all again soon, and wish you many happy hours of flying!!

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Trick-or-Treat Success!

The annual Trick-or-Treat on Main St. in Cottage Grove, OR was a great success (we had so much fun we nearly forgot to take pictures!). The rain held off just long enough which made for a great turn out. OAHS gave out over 900 pieces of candy, and had over 100 free entries to our raffle for an RC Flyer. We also made a bit of money selling “extra chances” to win the flyer. It was wonderful to get our message out to the community, and to be so warmly welcomed!

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Trick or Treat on Main Street

If you or your family members are in the Cottage Grove, OR area this Halloween, come by and see us! OAHS will be at the Historic Downtown district of Cottage Grove from 3-5pm for a trick or treat extravaganza!

We will be handing out candy, and raffle tickets to every child that comes by our booth. We will be raffling off a ready to fly Aeronca Champ RC flyer!

We hope everyone has a fun and safe Halloween and we hope to see you there!!

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