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Hood River Antique Airplane Fly-In

Postby Metal Master » Fri Sep 10, 2021 11:59 am

Is anybody flying down to the Hood River antique airplane Fly-In this week end 10,11,12 September? I am taking off southbound around Noon today. (Hood River Oregon)
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Re: Hood River Antique Airplane Fly-In

Postby Joe Moilanen » Fri Sep 10, 2021 4:27 pm

I plan on being down there this afternoon, There's some weather going on there right now, will be in the clearing up stages later on. Hope to see you there! what will you be flying? I'll look for you. I'll be in my blue and white '53,4518C.

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Re: Hood River Antique Airplane Fly-In

Postby Metal Master » Mon Sep 13, 2021 3:37 pm

Joe,
It was great meeting you and all the other 170 owners during WAAAM (Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum) Fly-In at Hood River.
I have flown into Hood River before, the first time on my Long Solo cross country working on my Power Rating back in 1997. I have never flown there before as a destination. Being just off the Columbia River Gorge, Hood River can have big head winds and cross winds. We had pretty good cross winds both arriving on Friday and leaving yesterday on Sunday. Leaving from Auburn we had to delay our departure due to weather in the southern Washington area through Kelso and points south. Leaving about 3 PM we arrived about 4:00 PM. leaving on Sunday several of us heading north into the Northwestern Washington area had to delay until after 2:00 PM due to low ceilings and rain along the "I-5" corridor and Northwest destinations. There were about 7 or 8 Cessna 170's of all versions Both red & Green. Sorry I did not take pictures I forgot to take my phone charger.
The Hood River Antique Airplane Fly-In is the new rendition of what used to be termed the Evergreen Fly-In at Vancouver Washington. This is much more heavily Participated by fly ins and attended by drive in and other visitors to the area than I think Evergreen ever was. This was the 14th anniversary of the Hood River Fly-In having been canceled last year due to Corvid. The Fly-In was put on by WAAAM, Participation by regular Attendees was thought to be down from most years, However I would not have believed so if no one had told me. This was my first visit. There was so many WACO, Stearman, Classic and antique airplanes, Grumman Goose, and Howard DGA’s that it took all day Saturday to explore the parking and camping area. Stopping and talking to customer owners and old friends. I walked through the WAAAM Museum and without stopping to read every detail of the antique car and airplanes displayed, I was able to get through it in about two hours. It really deserves several days to explore fully. The Museum its self is not to be believed!
This year was the year of the OX5. Saturday Moring after the concerns of carb ice were over, five OX5 powered airplanes fired up marshaled out to the runway and flew around the airport in loose formation for about 30 to 45 minutes. They have the largest collection of flyable OX5 airplanes in the world, soon to be joined by more under restoration. Along with that including Friday evening and Saturday several WACO & Howard formation and Solo pass flights were made including that after dinner flight at the TAC - Aero hangar. The Tac- Aero hanger is a museum in its self. I was privileged to attend the dinner as a guest of the companion who flew down with me in the 170A/210. (His airplane was in the middle of it’s annual.) The after-dinner flight three WACO Bi-Planes one being a cabin class were flown out and into the pattern around Hood River in the dark. High speed passes and loud radial engine noise abound.
After a long day and wonderful evening at the Tac-Aero Hangar and a few cool ones at the WAAAM Beer Garden, I turned in to my underwing tent and had one of the most restful night’s sleep I've had in several months even without my missing air mattress.. There were two parking areas, and we were privileged to park in the Prior to 1946 parking area which had beautiful, groomed grass for parking and camping on. I was surprised to be parked next to my friend Olan Hanley and his Beautiful 170B. The next morning donned bright and clear with lots to explore. A 170B owner had an engine issue (cold cylinder) on Sunday, he had pulled the cowl off to sort it out and several of the other 170 owners and A&P’s gathered around to offer advise and assistance to sort it out. Ultimately it was decided he needed a replacement cylinder and people helped get the airplane out to the regular tie downs to stay until a replacement could be brought to Hood River.
Both the incoming and outgoing flights were well marshaled by the volunteer crews. Even with all the meandering non-aviation people safety was maintained as attributed too by having had no accidents for the weekend.
Thanks Hood River and WAAAM and sponsors for a wonderful weekend.
Jim, AKA: Metal Master
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Re: Hood River Antique Airplane Fly-In

Postby Joe Moilanen » Tue Sep 14, 2021 12:27 am

Metal Master wrote:Joe,
It was great meeting you and all the other 170 owners during WAAAM (Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum) Fly-In at Hood River.
I have flown into Hood River before, the first time on my Long Solo cross country working on my Power Rating back in 1997. I have never flown there before as a destination. Being just off the Columbia River Gorge, Hood River can have big head winds and cross winds. We had pretty good cross winds both arriving on Friday and leaving yesterday on Sunday. Leaving from Auburn we had to delay our departure due to weather in the southern Washington area through Kelso and points south. Leaving about 3 PM we arrived about 4:00 PM. leaving on Sunday several of us heading north into the Northwestern Washington area had to delay until after 2:00 PM due to low ceilings and rain along the "I-5" corridor and Northwest destinations. There were about 7 or 8 Cessna 170's of all versions Both red & Green. Sorry I did not take pictures I forgot to take my phone charger.
The Hood River Antique Airplane Fly-In is the new rendition of what used to be termed the Evergreen Fly-In at Vancouver Washington. This is much more heavily Participated by fly ins and attended by drive in and other visitors to the area than I think Evergreen ever was. This was the 14th anniversary of the Hood River Fly-In having been canceled last year due to Corvid. The Fly-In was put on by WAAAM, Participation by regular Attendees was thought to be down from most years, However I would not have believed so if no one had told me. This was my first visit. There was so many WACO, Stearman, Classic and antique airplanes, Grumman Goose, and Howard DGA’s that it took all day Saturday to explore the parking and camping area. Stopping and talking to customer owners and old friends. I walked through the WAAAM Museum and without stopping to read every detail of the antique car and airplanes displayed, I was able to get through it in about two hours. It really deserves several days to explore fully. The Museum its self is not to be believed!
This year was the year of the OX5. Saturday Moring after the concerns of carb ice were over, five OX5 powered airplanes fired up marshaled out to the runway and flew around the airport in loose formation for about 30 to 45 minutes. They have the largest collection of flyable OX5 airplanes in the world, soon to be joined by more under restoration. Along with that including Friday evening and Saturday several WACO & Howard formation and Solo pass flights were made including that after dinner flight at the TAC - Aero hangar. The Tac- Aero hanger is a museum in its self. I was privileged to attend the dinner as a guest of the companion who flew down with me in the 170A/210. (His airplane was in the middle of it’s annual.) The after-dinner flight three WACO Bi-Planes one being a cabin class were flown out and into the pattern around Hood River in the dark. High speed passes and loud radial engine noise abound.
After a long day and wonderful evening at the Tac-Aero Hangar and a few cool ones at the WAAAM Beer Garden, I turned in to my underwing tent and had one of the most restful night’s sleep I've had in several months even without my missing air mattress.. There were two parking areas, and we were privileged to park in the Prior to 1946 parking area which had beautiful, groomed grass for parking and camping on. I was surprised to be parked next to my friend Olan Hanley and his Beautiful 170B. The next morning donned bright and clear with lots to explore. A 170B owner had an engine issue (cold cylinder) on Sunday, he had pulled the cowl off to sort it out and several of the other 170 owners and A&P’s gathered around to offer advise and assistance to sort it out. Ultimately it was decided he needed a replacement cylinder and people helped get the airplane out to the regular tie downs to stay until a replacement could be brought to Hood River.
Both the incoming and outgoing flights were well marshaled by the volunteer crews. Even with all the meandering non-aviation people safety was maintained as attributed too by having had no accidents for the weekend.
Thanks Hood River and WAAAM and sponsors for a wonderful weekend.
Jim, AKA: Metal Master

Yes, it was great meeting you too Jim! It was definitely a great fly-in. I too used to never miss the Evergreen fly-in, it was the best one around and was sorry to see it come to an end. Everything there fell apart when Wally flew West. The Hood River one will do a great job of replacing it though.

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