As soon as you walk past the reception desk at the Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum (WAAAM) in Hood River, Oregon, and into the first of four gigantic aircraft hangars, you know that you’re in a very special place.
Most museums have a few pieces that will put the pilot (or gear head) into a state of temporary awe, but this place — this place is jaw dropping.
Now in its 12th year of operation, the museum houses more than 150 antique and classic airplanes, along with more than 150 antique and classic cars.
If the Pacific Northwest has a mecca of transportation engineering and design excellence, worthy of its own engine driven pilgrimage, the WAAAM just might be it.
“There are 10 other museums on the West Coast, and they’re all full of the same thing,” says founder and museum curator Terry Brandt. “Here, we are a completely different type of museum.” [Read more…]