Restoration Projects

1931 Great Lakes 2T-1A

Member Ron Bartley provided guidance and support for this project for many years and he has passed the baton to Tim Talen, who is overseeing the restoration of this famous biplane of the Golden Age of Aviation.  It is our intention to fly this aircraft sometime in either late 2016 or early 2017.  Both Dorothy Hester and Tex Rankin flew this ship with great skill and to much acclaim. It is being restored to the “Rankin” configuration, which Tex flew in airshows throughout the West.   Support for this major recreation has come from many sources, and it continues to need added funding.

 1935 Wimpy

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.  The plane is in the OAHS hangar awaiting additional work.


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 is currently being rebuilt by Al Sherman as a display at the History Center. You are invited to stop by and see the progress.  The wings are almost finished and we hope to see it completed before the end of the year.  This aircraft is destined to be a static display and will not fly again.

1930 Rupert Special

Unique to Oregon Aviation is the number and variety of homebuilt aircraft built during the Thirties. One such aircraft if the Rupert “Special” designed and built by pioneer aviator Walt Rupert of Beaverton, Oregon. The plane is now undergoing an extensive restoration under the direction of Mr. Dave McEwen; much help is needed. Both funding for ongoing work and acquisition of the correct engine – a Salmson AD-9 – are pressing issues. This will be a significant “heritage” aircraft in the Society’s collection. No completion date has been established.


 1931 Eyerly Whiffle Hen

Whiffle Hen and hangarLee Eyerly, along with some of his flight school students,  built this little two-place monoplane in 1931.  He built two of these aircraft but only one still exists, and it deserves to find a final home in the state of its birth.  We are on a mission to bring it back to Oregon and restore it to its original condition.

The Oregon Aviation Historical Society has made a deposit for this aircraft, but we need another $4, 400 to bring it home.  A generous donor has offered to match all other donations, so your help will go twice as far!  Please help – your donation will bring us one step closer to securing this important artifact.

1934 Stinson SR-5E

The restoration that was started by board member Rex Hume (deceased) 15 years ago is complete.  This large four-place cabin monoplane was a top-of-the-line aircraft in its day, and it’s a beauty now that it’s finished. This project was underwritten by the Oregon Antique and Classic Aircraft Club, which has unselfishly provided the necessary funding for the project. Other sponsors have been PolyFibre, Inc. for fabric and paint and Oregon Aero, which provided the upholstery.  It’s been a long time coming, and we are delighted at how it has finished up.

You can donate to any of these projects in two ways:

Use Paypal by clicking on the “Donate” button below

By mailing a check or money order to the address below

P.O. Box 553
Cottage Grove, OR 97478

In either case, remember to tell us what project you  want your donation to support!

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