As of Tuesday, February 10, 2015
The Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum officials said thanks go to Consolidated Aircraft Coatings for their donation of polyfiber aircraft covering materials to help complete its most recent airplane restoration project. WAAAM’s 1938 Rearwin Speedster is part of a larger trend in iconic 1930s art deco style design, making the type of airplane one of the most popular scale model airplanes ever.
“As far as we know, this is only one of four remaining in existence,” says WAAAM’s Aircraft Restoration Specialist Jay Matson Bell. “Once the project is completed it will be the only Rearwin Speedster flying in the United States.”
To see this project and some of the other things WAAAM is working on, visit the museum during one of our Second Saturday events like the one coming up on Feb. 14. The shop tour starts at 1 p.m. The restoration crew would love to show everyone their progress. Consolidated Aircraft Coatings has previously donated material to help WAAAM finish the 1910 Parker-Curtiss Pusher which has flown numerous times for the public as well as our 1930 WACO Primary Glider which is scheduled to fly in the spring.
Open 9-5 daily, 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 historically significant cars and trucks from the first half of the 20th century. Located on the Hood River Airport at 1600 Air Museum Road.
Admission for adults is $14, 65+ is $12, kids between 5 and 18 are $6, under 4 is free.