Oregon Aviation Historical Society

Oregon Aviation Historical Society Preserving Oregon's aviation history for future generations.
The Oregon Aviation Historical Society incorporated in June 1983 through the efforts of a group of aviation enthusiasts who recognized the need to preserve Oregon's rich aviation heritage for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations. It's purposes are to collect, preserve, restore, and exhibit aviation artifacts; to develop facilities for the restoration and preservation of artifacts, public viewing, and exhibition of the collection; to establish and maintain an Oregon Aviation Hall of Fame, to establish a resource center for Oregon aviation historical research and to disseminate information about Oregon aviation history.
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With a museum hangar boasting some of Oregon's oldest home built aircraft and a hangar dedicated to restoration projects we invite you to come learn about Oregon's wild aviation history! As a Historical Society OAHS is also home to a climate controlled aviation-related archive room; and a reference library that is open to anyone interested in aviation research. As a reference library, all items must remain "in house," but we will gladly assist independent researchers here at the History Center.

Mission: It is the mission of OAHS to collect, preserve and restore aviation artifacts for interpretive and educational display, to insure the preservation of Oregon's rich aviation heritage for future generations.

The Adams Arrow has returned home, and no longer on display in the museum, but will be at our flyins and functions this ...
01/05/2020

The Adams Arrow has returned home, and no longer on display in the museum, but will be at our flyins and functions this summer. We have lots of other Oregon aviation history on display come and see us...

As we enjoy the final flights of 2019!Heres wishing you all a safe and happy New years from all of us at OAHS!
01/01/2020

As we enjoy the final flights of 2019!
Heres wishing you all a safe and happy New years from all of us at OAHS!

What ever holiday you celebrate! We wish you all the very best of the season, and a very Merry Christmas from all of us ...
12/25/2019

What ever holiday you celebrate! We wish you all the very best of the season, and a very Merry Christmas from all of us at OAHS.

Lets take a moment to remember the day that Orville and Wilbur achieved their dream. And to all home builders Nationwide...
12/17/2019

Lets take a moment to remember the day that Orville and Wilbur achieved their dream.
And to all home builders Nationwide may you press on with the same spirit as the outlaws of oregon, and achieve your dreams of flight!

Here is a niffty piece of history, Elmer Smiths biplane featured in the September and November issues of Popular Aviatio...
12/17/2019

Here is a niffty piece of history, Elmer Smiths biplane featured in the September and November issues of Popular Aviation 1933. The museum is pleased to have acquired this project.

We at oahs are always on the lookout for Oregon heritage aircraft. Have you seen this aircraft if so let us know we are ...
12/16/2019

We at oahs are always on the lookout for Oregon heritage aircraft. Have you seen this aircraft if so let us know we are on the hunt.

The museum is happy to announce the donation of the Smith Biplane!This plane was built in the early thirties by Elmer Sm...
12/16/2019

The museum is happy to announce the donation of the Smith Biplane!
This plane was built in the early thirties by Elmer Smith of Eugene, OR and it flew under state license as a home built, it now becomes the 12th heritage homebuilt in our collection, donations for its restoration will be gladly accepted.

Let’s us all pause a moment tomorrow, December 7 ...to remember that day, 78 years ago….....in 1941, Japanese planes att...
12/06/2019

Let’s us all pause a moment tomorrow, December 7 ...to remember that day, 78 years ago…..

...in 1941, Japanese planes attacked the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, killing more than 2,300 Americans.

Did you also know our museum’s talented Tim Talen, a master vintage aircraft rebuilder, restored the “Pearl” an Interstate Cadet that was being used by a Honolulu flight school the day Pearl Harbor was attacked? This plane could be the most famous Interstate Cadet ever made.

If you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, stop in and see us!  We currently have the Adams A...
12/05/2019

If you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, stop in and see us! We currently have the Adams Arrow biplane on display, a one off oregon home built, along with the Rankin biplane project, the baby fleet biplane, rv3, anzani longster and many other oregon aviation artifacts on display. We are located right across the street from the Village Green holiday market and light display. Admission is free so come see us in Cottage Grove!

12/03/2019

Its giving tuesday, the Oregon Aviation Historical Society is a non profit, we operate solely on donations from our supporters. visiting the museum is free to the public along with many of our yearly events. So please help us continue sharing oregons rich history with generations to come.

Join us tomorrow december 3rd at 5pm at the axe and fiddle in cottage grove  for history pub Tim Talen will present the ...
12/02/2019

Join us tomorrow december 3rd at 5pm at the axe and fiddle in cottage grove for history pub Tim Talen will present the Beaverton Outlaws.
Tales of Oregons early days of aviation.

11/27/2019

The museum will be closed this thursday and friday for the thanksgiving holiday.

11/27/2019

Happy Thanksgiving
to all
From your friends
at OAHS!

All aviation museums play a critical role in preserving our countrys aviation heritage. Waaam is one of this countries e...
11/21/2019

All aviation museums play a critical role in preserving our countrys aviation heritage. Waaam is one of this countries exceptional museums. We at OAHS are focused on preserving Oregons aviation heritage but if you havent been to WAAAM at hood river you are truly missing out, especially their live action second saturday lineup so here is the 2020 lineup.

11/13/2019

Remember, as you're out and about, shopping for gifts for friends and family this year---The aviation enthusiasts on your list would really appreciate a historica DVD, a collectible book, print or poster, model plane--or perhaps even a propeller! Stop by the museum Tuesday-Friday, 10:00-4:00 and see the unique items available for gifting! Or donate to their favorite Aviation Museum in their honor! Great Idea!

One of the ways we raise funds for operating the museum is to sell items no longer needed. Such as the following:  3 rec...
11/07/2019

One of the ways we raise funds for operating the museum is to sell items no longer needed. Such as the following:

3 rectangular glass table tops without frames.
Perfect for dining room table top or desktop. 3 flat, polished edge and tempered glass table tops for sale.

Each Sheet Size: 36" x 60" & 3/16" Thick---Recommended for:
Office tables, Lobby tables, business meetings tables, Dining tables, Kitchen Tables, desk , patio table or a coffee table--anywhere you may experience stains and want to protect table surface.

$300 for all three / $125 each

Dont forget to stop by OAHS today at 1 pm to help celebrate 39 years of the Oregon Antique and Classic Aircraft Club, ca...
10/19/2019

Dont forget to stop by OAHS today at 1 pm to help celebrate 39 years of the Oregon Antique and Classic Aircraft Club, cake, hanger flying, and a video of the strauchs b17 flight to duxford England will be on tap.
Happy 39th oacac looking forward to the big 40 next year.

You never know whats going to show up at OAHS on the Cottage Grove airport.On Tuesday evening we were lucky enough to ca...
10/17/2019

You never know whats going to show up at OAHS on the Cottage Grove airport.
On Tuesday evening we were lucky enough to catch Tim Talen oahs vice president on the maiden flight of his beautiful stearman C3.
The airplane havin gone through a lengthy reconstruction and restoration at Tim's jasper ridge restoration facility "the original ragwood refractory". Congratulations Tim!

A successful rocket day at oahs, fun was had by all involved.
09/29/2019

A successful rocket day at oahs, fun was had by all involved.

Come join us next saturday for paper rocket fun with John and Hank Barrong and friends.
09/22/2019

Come join us next saturday for paper rocket fun with John and Hank Barrong and friends.

In other oregon aviation news local creswell oregon talent Kyle bushman has been involved in bringing the stol drags to ...
09/14/2019

In other oregon aviation news local creswell oregon talent Kyle bushman has been involved in bringing the stol drags to the Reno air races! Search Reno stol drags on YouTube for more action!

Eric Baxter and his brother Mark Baxter who is one of our wonderful board members,  own this beautiful 1941 taylor craft...
09/13/2019

Eric Baxter and his brother Mark Baxter who is one of our wonderful board members, own this beautiful 1941 taylor craft, they were invited to be in the heritage display at the Reno air races. Eric flew this beauty from Corvallis oregon to Reno for the event.

Oregon Aviation Historical Society's cover photo
09/04/2019

Oregon Aviation Historical Society's cover photo

09/03/2019

Due to most of our volunteers being out of town attending the Hood River Fly-In, Please note that to our pancake breakfast, September 7, is cancelled.

See you all next spring.

September 7
Pancake Breakfast at OAHS Museum
Cancelled

08/28/2019
08/28/2019

It's nearly here!!!
The Great Oregon Homebuilt Celebration and Fly-in. Saturday, August 31, from 8:00 to 4:00. Honoring, remembering and celebrating the ability to build and fly experimental aircraft. Come and share your stories while hearing others'.

We missed you at this morning's fundraiser pancake breakfast.  But, you can still help out. Our antiquated hot water hea...
06/01/2019

We missed you at this morning's fundraiser pancake breakfast. But, you can still help out. Our antiquated hot water heater is dying. Are you able to help us keep the hot water flowing? Any donation amount is appreciated. 💜

Oregon Aviation Historical Society
05/31/2019

Oregon Aviation Historical Society

05/30/2019

Great breakfast -- shared with terrific friends. See you here!

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05/30/2019

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Oregon Aviation Historical Society's cover photo
05/10/2019

Oregon Aviation Historical Society's cover photo

Oregon Aviation Historical Society's cover photo
05/10/2019

Oregon Aviation Historical Society's cover photo

Fresh start to the New Year with a bright new sign!Great thanks to the Oregon Department of Aviation for the new airport...
01/02/2019

Fresh start to the New Year with a bright new sign!

Great thanks to the Oregon Department of Aviation for the new airport sign on the west end honoring our very own Jim Wright!

We are grateful for all the support from our community near and far and we look forward to a busy 2019 full of aviation fun!!

OAHS will be closed today (12/24) and tomorrow (12/25) to observe the Christmas Holiday but we will be back at 10am 12/2...
12/24/2018

OAHS will be closed today (12/24) and tomorrow (12/25) to observe the Christmas Holiday but we will be back at 10am 12/26.

Wishing you and yours the Merriest of Chrstmases!!

115 years ago the Wright Brother's completed the first successful powered flight!We hope you are out celebrating in fair...
12/17/2018

115 years ago the Wright Brother's completed the first successful powered flight!

We hope you are out celebrating in fair weather with blue skies!!

The Christmas Tree is up!!Help us decorate our tree and raise a bit of money for OAHS this year!Glider ornaments are jus...
12/11/2018

The Christmas Tree is up!!

Help us decorate our tree and raise a bit of money for OAHS this year!

Glider ornaments are just $5 each and are hung with custom banners!

Thank you for all your support through 2018- as a private non-profit we wouldn't be here without you!! This is also the perfect time to become a member- FREE pancakes for the 2019 season included!

Check out our memberships here and make a donation for an ornament here! We hope to see you in 2019!!

https://oregonaviation.org/membership/

Cornelia Fort was the young woman giving a lesson on that fateful morning 77 years ago in the Interstate Cadet now known...
12/08/2018

Cornelia Fort was the young woman giving a lesson on that fateful morning 77 years ago in the Interstate Cadet now known as "The Pearl."

We remember in honor those who gave their lives not only on that day but throughout the war that followed.

"Lest we forget."

Today we remember those lost in the attack on Pearl Harbor 77 years ago. This Interstate Cadet was in the air near Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941 and barely escaped the Japanese attack. The story of Interstate Cadet 37266 is detailed in the July 2016 issue of EAA Sport Aviation magazine. Photo by Lyle Jansma.

12/04/2018
Huge thanks to the Corning EAA Chapter 1148 for hosting the Beaverton Outlaws and Oregon Aviation History! Great turnout...
12/03/2018

Huge thanks to the Corning EAA Chapter 1148 for hosting the Beaverton Outlaws and Oregon Aviation History! Great turnout on a beautiful day!

Thank you to all who flew in to catch the presentation, we hope to see you soon!

We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! The museum will remain closed through the holiday weekend.
11/23/2018

We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
The museum will remain closed through the holiday weekend.

Yesterday OAHS had the honor of attending the Daughters of the American Revolution award ceremony for Evelyn Burleson-Wa...
11/21/2018

Yesterday OAHS had the honor of attending the Daughters of the American Revolution award ceremony for Evelyn Burleson-Waldren as an Outstanding Woman in American History.

Though born in Nebraska in 1908, much of her flying career was right here in Oregon. She was one of (if not the) first female Certified Flight Instructors in the US, as well as the first female checkride examiner. She was also the first female to complete the "Three Flags Flight," from Vancouver, BC to Tijuana, Mexico.

She lived a full and rich life and we are proud to see her honored this way.

We at OAHS have recently acquired a Taylorcraft project that will soon bring Miss Liberty (Evelyn's Three Flag flight Taylorcraft) back to life!

If you would like to know more about this project or help out in any way please contact us today!:
[email protected]

11/14/2018

OAHS will be closed today 11/14 due to illness in the family.

Apologies for any inconvenience.

EAA published a short article on the Great Oregon Homebuilt Fly-In!Featuring the Oregon Collection of Homebuilts, as wel...
11/01/2018
Homebuilts in Oregon

EAA published a short article on the Great Oregon Homebuilt Fly-In!

Featuring the Oregon Collection of Homebuilts, as well as Chris Lehner and Paul Poberezny's last Mechanix Illustrated Baby Ace!

Check it out here:
http://inspireeaa.com/2018/10/31/homebuilts-in-oregon/?mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiWkdNd016QmtZakZoTTJGbCIsInQiOiJVdGlheFVKNnFBSXJ1K2pHOENpV3FwWjhsakFnbXZhVUpSclNLUkNFSjhCYlNybEpWWlpVNldXUmJrZFc3Z3FWaTVwS1FaM0pHUnhMbW9JZGR6Vko0RmlmZFErMGg3dE93bVwvcWx3N1dUbG9KMDNoVEtuMmIzbXlNa2IyZ0haSTQifQ%3D%3D

Things are happening at OAHS!!A small sneak peek of things to come... We are overjoyed to be making progress once again ...
10/31/2018

Things are happening at OAHS!!

A small sneak peek of things to come... We are overjoyed to be making progress once again on the Rankin Great Lakes! Stay tuned!!

Address

2475 Jim Wright Way
Cottage Grove, OR
97424

General information

The Oregon Aviation History Center is the headquarters of the Oregon Aviation History Society. The History Center serves as a repository for many of the Society's collections and restoration projects. Through the dedication and hard work of many volunteers who care deeply about preserving Oregon's rich aviation heritage, the OAHS has become a resource for anyone interested in learning about our state's exciting aviation past.

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(541) 543-1068

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History Comes Alive!

With a museum hangar boasting some of Oregon's oldest home built aircraft and a hangar dedicated to restoration projects, we invite you to come learn about Oregon's wild aviation history! Come hear the stories of how the “Beaverton Outlaws” shaped the history of experimental aircraft and fought for the right to build and fly home built aircraft up into the 1950’s. Stories of Oregon fliers like World Aerobatic Champions Tex Rankin and Dorothy Hester, and the man who ran the “world’s smallest but busiest air field,” Hank Troh.

OAHS also houses the Oregon Aviation Hall of Fame. 20 individuals who contributed great accomplishments to both Oregon’s aviation history and to the world of aviation.

Project 2021: A Century of Oregon Aviation

What is it?

A partnership between OAHS and the State of Oregon Department of Aviation will create a flying exhibit showcasing the “Achievements in Oregon’s Aviation History.” The elements will include several of our heritage home-builts, demonstrations and video displays teaching audiences the unique and intriguing stories of the Oregon flying experience.

When will it occur?

Elements of the 2021 Exhibit are currently in the planning stages now. The process of gathering the stories, photographs and video are occurring while the restoration of the planes is in process. The launch date of this extraordinary travelling exhibit will be in June 2021. Various locations around Oregon will become presentation stops with the entire assembly landing at EAA’s AirVenture Oshkosh 2021.

How can you help?

This newsletter and the OAHS website will provide an ongoing report of progress on this ambitious project. It is never too early to start a project of this magnitude. So select your area of interest, whether it be hands-on plane restorations and event participation or financial support for the fuel and materials, you can be an essential part of sharing the Oregon Aviation Story with the rest of the nation.

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A bit of local history about Oregon's top WWII ace, Gerald R. Johnson:
Any information would be great
The next fun event at the Oregon Aviation Historical Society! See you Saturday, August 31!
Do you know about Bernard's Field in Beaverton, and it's significance in the history of aviation? You can learn about how the Beaverton Outlaws bucked the federal regulators and won at the Oregon Aviation Historical Society. The next event is the Great Oregon Home-Built Fly-In. Come to Cottage Grove experience and learn the story of Oregon's pilots and mechanics who forged a path for today's Experimental Aircraft division. Saturday, August 31.
Be sure to visit for the The second annual Great Oregon Homebuilt Fly-In, right here in Cottage Grove! Saturday, August 31 2475 Jim Wright Way Cottage Grove, OR
Our first three guests have arrived for the 41st Annual Jim Wright Memorial Stearman Fly-In. This promises to be a great weekend. Remember! Saturday morning--Pancakes, eggs and sausages are served beginning at 8:00. See you then!
See you tomorrow morning. Start the day with some delicious pancakes, eggs and sausage while helping the museum! Pancakes & Airplanes! 8 - 10
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