The “Wimpy” was designed and constructed in 1935 by Leslie Long at Cornelius, OR. It is thought to be the first successful low-wing design of a homebuilt airplane. Oregon Aviation Hall of Fame member Myron Buswell acquired the airplane in 1938 and made several modifications. The airplane left Oregon in 1957 when it was purchased by Roy Olson of San Diego, CA. Mr. Olson donated the airplane to OAHS in November 2005. Following acquisition of the original plans, OAHS Director Bill Austin (deceased) began wing restoration and is now proudly on display.
Tom Story Special #1
Tom Story built his first aircraft based on the Wimpy in the late 1930’s.
Though flown often, it was later purchased by George Bogardus, who renamed it
the “Little Gee Bee.” This is the aircraft in which George made his several
famous cross country flights to Washington, D.C., to encourage the federal
government to establish the experimental/amateur class of aviation.
In the late 1940’s Story and his good friend Dick Andrus built near twin
aircraft powered by A65 engines. These aircraft would be known as the Story
Special #1/N1337N owned by Tom, and the Story Special #2/N1338N owned by Dick.
Story Special #2 would go on to be co-owned by Pete Bowers and provide the
inspiration for the Bowers Fly-Baby. The Fly-Baby was the winner of EAA’s 1962
aircraft design contest. The plans for the Fly-baby were published over a
series of 14 articles in EAA’s Sport Aviation, and nearly 500 of these aircraft
have been built since its publication. These articles as well as copies of the
Fly-Baby plans are still available today.
The two original aircraft were bought and sold several times over the years,
though always remaining in the Pacific Northwest. They were also featured
together in an air to air shot on the first color edition of EAA’s Sport
Aviation in 1960. The Story Special #2, still in flying condition, has been
housed at OAHS over the past few years by the Story Flying Club- one of the
oldest remaining flying clubs in the Pacific Northwest. As mentioned, Story #1
has recently returned to its Oregon roots. Currently unassembled, this aircraft
will be maintained until it is moved to the OAHS restoration hangar. We at OAHS
are honored to be curators of such important pieces of Oregon’s homebuilt
1931 Springfield Cadet
The 1931 Springfield Cadet was designed and built in Springfield, Oregon by Jim McManiman. It was owned and flown by motorcycle dealer Clarence Saville in 1935. It was acquired by the Society in 2003 and was rebuilt by Al Sherman as a static display at the Museum.