1600 Air Museum Rd. Hood River, OR 97031

(541) 308-1600

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Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum Founder, Terry Brand, standing in front of our crown jewel, a Curtis JN-4D

Our Founder & President

Our founder and president, Terry Brandt, started his love of flying at a very early age.

Terry's mother and father served as the FBO (fixed base operator) at the airport in Marysville, California, and also ran a flight school there for a number of years. Terry's father also built between 200 and 300 crop dusters, and was particularly fond of soaring in gliders.

Given the environment he grew up in, it didn't seem strange to anyone at the time that Terry learned to fly when he was only 12 years old.  Nor did it seem strange that he bought his first airplane at the age of 19 — a 1938 J-3 Cub. Ever since then, he's been an avid collector and aviation enthusiast.

He Donated His Collection

Terry continued to collect antique aircraft and memorabilia over the last 50 years, and in 2006 he decided he would have to make one of two choices — either he would have to have a very large auction, or he would have to find a way to ensure his collection would survive by building a museum.

Fortunately for all of us, he chose the latter, and donated his collection to the museum.

Now, in just a few short years, many more aircraft have been added to the museum, and the collection of antique automobiles is now equally as impressive as the collection of antique planes.

Terry's Hopes for the Future

Terry now resides in Hood River, Oregon with his wife Lois. He remains extremely active in the business of running the museum and he still enjoys flying.

Terry hopes that others who have antique aircraft and automobiles will find that WAAAM is a safe haven to both preserve them and show them off.


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Volunteer Opportunities

Many volunteer opportunities are available.  Here is a partial list of how you can get involved.

WAAAM Volunteers are awesome!

  • Museum Docents
  • Event Planning and Coordination
  • Library Services
  • Volunteer Services Representative
  • Marketing & Promotion
  • Restoration and Maintenance
  • Gift Shop
  • Administrative Support
  • Maintenance & Custodial
  • Training & Education

Find out more on our volunteer page.


Memberships & Sponsorships

There are four levels of membership available to individuals and families.

  • Solo Membership: $50.00 – One Individual Membership
  • Family Membership: $100.00 – 2 adults and children/grandchildren 18 years old and under.
  • Membership +1: $120.00 – One individual membership plus one guest.
  • Membership +2: $150.00 – Two individual memberships plus 2 guests.

Call (541) 308-1600 for information on Business Memberships.


Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum

Antique Airplanes   •  Antique Automobiles

Where Oregon and Washington meet, at the Columbia River Gorge.

It's worth the trip!