Your Guide to non-profits in the Columbia River Gorge



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1600 Air Museum Road
Hood River, OR 97031
Judy Newman, Director

The Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum collects, restores, preserves and exhibits airplanes from the Dawn of Flight through the Golden Age of Flight and civilian and military automobiles of the Vintage and Classic Eras of the 20th century. As a living museum, we maintain the collection in operating condition and, from time to time, demonstrate its operation. Visitors can “step back in time” to learn and to enjoy the history and technology of transportation. The museum’s place in the Hood River community is affirmed by promoting Hood River as a destination, by providing educational opportunities and by making our facilities available to the community.

The museum preserves and showcases transportation technology of the first half of the 20th century. We invite visitors to enjoy the collection as they see the progress and innovation that reflects the clever minds behind it.


The WAAAM Air & Auto Museum has one of the largest collections of still-flying antique airplanes and still-driving antique automobiles in the USA. The displays in the museum are not just full of history, they’re full of LIFE!
Three and a half acres of buildings display over 130 antique airplanes ( from 1910 on ) and over 160 cars ( from 1907 on ) plus motorcycles, jeeps, and more. And they run!

The legacies of the Wright Brothers and Glenn Curtiss are alive in all of the one hundred airplanes at WAAAM. See biplanes and pushers as well as historic gliders and one of the largest collections of Cubs anywhere. These are the airplanes that taught America to fly and we still fly them!

The automobile collection includes manufacturers who still build cars today and many that are just memories. Ford and Chevy share space with Locomobile, Stanley and Nash. Steam engines, rumble seats and golf club doors are gone from today’s option lists but you’ll see them all here.

See motorcycles, military vehicles, tractors, firearms and so much more. The beacon tower out front guided mail pilots of the 20’s-30’s through the Gorge. Inside there’s an area just for kids where they can climb into a kid-sized helicopter and submarine. For adults we offer Model T driving classes each summer.

On the second Saturday of each month we go into action with airplanes in flight and cars on the move. This could be the day you take your first ride in a rumble seat or a Model T! Speakers and demonstrations often round out the fun on these action days. Check our website for further information.


The Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum attracts visitors to Hood River from across the country and around the world. The museum is an IRS 501(c)3 non-profit corporation.

Fundraising Events
WAAAM Traffic Jam Car Show – held on the 2nd Sat. in July
Hood River Fly-in – held on the weekend after Labor Day
Special programs on the Second Saturday of every month

Sponsorships are solicited in support for specific projects, for education programs, for academic internships, for special exhibits, and for the upkeep and enhancement of the museum and its collection.

The operation of the museum is performed almost entirely by the corps of volunteers whose duties take in all areas of museum operation. We invite volunteers to become involved in all aspects of the museum’s operation according to their talents and interests.

Donations in cash and in kind are welcome. Items not fitting in the collection may be sold to fund suitable acquisitions. Donations to the museum are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.