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Busy summer on tap for Oregon Aviation Historical Society

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 9th, 2013

Puget Sound Antique Aircraft Club visits next weekend; Stearmans

arrive Aug. 3

The summer’s flight pattern will be full for the Oregon Aviation Historical Society, which will welcome a group of aviation enthusiasts or host a special presentation at the Cottage Grove Airport for several weekends beginning next Saturday, July 18 with a visit from the Puget Sound Antique Aircraft Club.

The Club’s Mike Latta said that about 35-40 antique planes, which will include a 1930 Stinson Detroiter, a Travel Air biplane and a “menagerie” of antiques from the 1940s, are expected to make the trip to Cottage Grove next week. He said his club, which boasts about 130-140 members, makes a tour of the Northwest every two years. Many of the pilots have flown into Cottage Grove before, Latta said, though he’s unsure if the group has made an official trip here.

The public is welcome to come view the planes and visit with the pilots, Latta said, as a way to help foster a love of aviation in the general public at a time of declining interest.

“What with the FAA regulations and the cost of everything going up, the price of aviation has it dying on the vine,” he said. “We’re hoping to convince people to make the sacrifice that it takes to learn to fly. We’re doing our best to promote general aviation.”

According to the Aviation Historical Society’s D.J. Amick-Elder, the Society is also hoping to promote aviation, and they hope a group of presentations will further that goal. The first presentation, scheduled for Saturday, July 20 from 10-11 a.m., will detail Oregon’s role in the history of early aviation.

“Apparently Oregon was kind of important in getting it started,” Amick-Elder said. “The presentations are a new thing; we’re trying to see what the turnout will be like, and we’d love to hear feedback about them.”

July 20 will also bring the annual meeting of the Oregon Antique and Classic Aircraft Club to the Airport, many members of which will fly in for the occasion, Amick-Elder said.

Saturday, Aug. 3 brings the return to the Airport of the Jim Wright Memorial Stearman Fly-in, which always draws a large crowd of those wishing to view the biplanes that served as teaching tools for the many pilots of World War II. Amick-Elder stated that early bird pilots will start arriving Friday night, and most of the pilots will head for home by 1 p.m. on Sunday. She suggested that visitors would be best to come out on Saturday to see the planes, talk to the pilots and look around the Oregon Aviation History Center.

For the complete article see the 07-10-2013 issue.

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