Evergreen Aviation Museum
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May 24th, 2007 – by: cygnus16
The “Goose” is one of the wonders of the modern world. Mr. Hughes is said to have hated the name “Spruce Goose”, preferring the name “Hercules”.
Ironically, the “Spruce Goose” is actually made mostly of birchwood, although some spruce was used in its construction.
It seemed to me that “Hercules” was a strange name for a plane with such puny little engines .
The public is allowed to go inside the fuselage of the “Goose”, but only in a small area in the midsection sealed off from the rest of the aircraft by sheets of plexiglass. For a mere $50.00 - U.S. - you can have a staff member take you on a tour of the cockpit. I was amazed at how many guys were lining up to shell out fifty bucks for the experience of sitting, for a few minutes, in the cockpit once occupied by H.H. The Goose's one and only flight covered a distance of one mile.
The aircraft on display in this museum were, to me, works of art. I especially love the old classics like the Ford Trimotor or the Beech Staggerwing. There were also a few space related items in the museum, including a Titan rocket, a lunar buggy and a mock up of a lunar lander.
Yeah, I'll admit I got a little snap happy in this place. ;-)
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