Did you know that you can design, build, license, and fly your very own full scale aircraft? Did you know that Oregon is home to the most successful line of kit-built aircraft in the US? Did you know that without Oregon pilots none of this would be possible?!
Join us to hear the story of Oregon’s most notorious pioneering pilots, known as the "Beaverton Outlaws." These aviators literally flew in the face of the federal government in the 1930s when home built aircraft was marked illegal. This presentation will feature a video history of these men, complete with oral interviews of the outlaws themselves, highlighting what it was like to fly in the US at the dawn of aviation. Join us to discover how these men, through their passion and dedication, forever changed the face of general aviation, as we know it today.
Read more in “The Resistance,” in Air & Space/Smithsonian magazine.
About the Speakers
Mark Baxter (OAHS Board Member), residing in Corvallis with his wife of 36 years, owns and flies a 1941 Taylorcraft, a two-place, fabric-covered aircraft designed in the 1930’s, primarily used as a trainer during World War II. He is also in the process of building a Pietenpol, which is an open-cockpit, all wood, fabric-covered aircraft designed in 1929. It was planned to utilize a Ford model A engine as they were plentiful and inexpensive in that era. This retired public servant, a former firefighter/paramedic, has had a lifelong interest in aviation. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Oregon Aviation Historical Society, while also directing as president of the Oregon Antique and Classic Aircraft Club. Mark enjoys assisting with restoring the historic aircraft in the collection and acting as valued docent, or participating in the Collections Committee, educating people about Oregon’s rich aviation history.
Tim Talen (OAHS Board Member) is an award-winning historical restorer of antique aircraft. His work has been recognized by the Experimental Aircraft Association and the National Aviation Heritage Invitational. He is the founder of both the Oregon Antique & Classic Aircraft Club and the Oregon Aviation Historical Society, and his award-winning restorations have graced many covers of EAA’s Vintage Airplane magazine. This talented renovator has an uncanny ability to look at any antique part and name the aircraft it came from. In 1984, Tim instigated the successful rebirth of the Oregon Air Tours of the 1930s. Tim Talen was inducted into the Oregon Aviation Hall of Fame in 2010 and then, in 2014 he became the 30th person, nationwide, inducted into the Vintage Aircraft Association’s Hall of Fame.
Ability Accommodation Information
This event provides the following accommodations:
- Handicap Accessible
About History Pub
These monthly, free events are open to everyone interested in Oregon and Pacific Northwest history. Co-sponsored by McMenamins History, Deschutes Historical Museum, and The Oregon Encyclopedia, we bring you experts, scholars, first-person experiencers and historians who expound on topics from Lewis and Clark to shipwrecks, hop growing to women pioneers and far, far beyond. It's like being back in the classroom - except this time you get to settle into comfortable seats and enjoy a drink or two with dinner while you listen and learn.