1600 Air Museum Rd.

Hood River, OR 97031


(541) 308-1600

Open Daily 9 - 5

Closed: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Years Day


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Pietenpol Sky Scout

See a 1932 Pietenpol Sky Scout at the Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum. Year: 1932

Homebuilt: Wille

Donation: Terry Brandt

Engine: Ford Model B

Bernard Pietenpol of Cherry Grove Minnesota designed a simple airplane using a Ford Model A engine. A Modern Mechanics magazine editor had declared that it was “unlikely that any auto engine could be converted to airplane use” so Pietenpol flew his home built, two-seat airplane 140 miles to Minneapolis Airport to show that he was wrong. Soon afterward the magazine published plans for that airplane, the Air Camper, and later published plans for its single-seat offspring, the Sky Scout. Both were intended to be built by amateurs using cheap, readily available engines from the Ford Model T and Model A. The Pietenpol airplanes were so well designed that they are still being built today. The radiator position is not the obstacle it seems. Few hazards in flight come from directly ahead and tilting the head to either side reveals what the radiator hides.

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News Flash  

Gazebo Build This Weekend

October 17 and 18 Pioneer Log Homes of BC will sponsor the gazebo build at WAAAM.

Gazebo Build Postponed

Due to a scheduling conflict with the film crew the gazebo build has been postponed.

Gazebo Build

Pioneer Log Homes of BC is sponsoring a gazebo build at the museum on October 10 and 11.



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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

Members enjoy special benifits.

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!