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Don't miss out on a special author talk this May 10 as part of WAAAM's military Second Saturday.

While the central theme for the day is M*A*S*H and the Korean War, part of the special events will include two talks from Dr. Angel Pilato, a retired Air Force Lt. Col. who served during the height of the Vietnam War. The talks will occur at 11:30AM and 1:30PM and will be about Pilato’s service and experiences of being the first woman officer to manage an officers’ club and the first to be assigned to run one on a fighter base in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. Many other themes for Pilato’s talk can be found in her memoir, Angle’s Truck Stop: A Woman’s Love, Laughter, and Loss during the Vietnam War. (Click here to get a copy of her book for her to sign after her talks - only a limited number will be available on-sight so come prepared!)

About the Speaker

Dr. Pilato was the first woman Air Force officer assigned to manage an Officers' Club. She served more than five years on active duty with assignments in the United Sates, Europe and Southeast Asia. During the Vietnam War she was stationed at Udorn Air Base in Thailand at a fighter base that was open 24/7 and served 800 members. After leaving active duty, she joined the Reserves as a Morale and Welfare Training Specialist and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.

Dr. Pilato was born in Rochester, New York and graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a Bachelors degree in Food Management. There she held several leadership positions in her Sorority and Student Council and was the first woman to Chair RIT's Spring Weekend.

After RIT, she pursued a Masters degree at Michigan State University. However, after a bleak winter had her car buried under eight feet of snow, she decided to abandon her Masters and Michigan. The Air Force promised to send her to Officer Training School in San Antonio, where it was 70 degrees, so she volunteered.

When she returned from Southeast Asia, she taught at a Vocational School in Orlando. She was one of six individuals from Florida awarded a Fellowship that sent her to Oregon State University where she earned her Ph.D. in Vocational Education. Upon completion, she was hired at Tektronix as Director of Corporate Education and College Relations. As the company began downsizing, she joined the University of Washington as the Executive Director of the Business School's Executive Education Department. She recently retired from the Meals-On_wheels People as Donor Relations Director where she helped raise funds to feed local seniors.

Angel is a private pilot, a Rotarian, and lives in Portland, Oregon. She holds favorite aunt status with her three nephews and two nieces.

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Events Calendar  


April 9 - Second Saturday - Gathering of Fords - Bring Yours!


May 14 - Second Saturday - Antique Gliders

May 28 - Model T Driving School


June 4 - 1930s Driving School

June 11 - Second Saturday - Local History Spotlight - 100th Anniversary of the Historic Columbia River Highway

June 25 - Model T Driving School

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Join Us for the WAAAM Traffic Jam!

July 11, 2015

Join us on July 11 for the 2015 WAAAM Traffic Jam!

Registration available here.

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Come Celebrate International Model A Day!

September 19, 2015

Don't miss this gathering of Model As and Model Ts at the Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum.

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Join Us for the Annual Hood River Fly-In!

September 12 & 13, 2015

2015 Annual Hood River Fly In Dates are Sept 12 and 13!

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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!