Evergreen Aviation Museum

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Oregon Homested on Rt. 18
After getting lost for a while in Salem I finally found my way to Rt. 18 E. which led to the Evergreen Aviation Museum near McMinnville. As a lifelong aviation buff it was fascinating for me to see all the old warbirds and civilian aircraft parked inside the museum under the wings of Howard Hughes’ enormous “Spruce Goose”, or hanging from the ceiling.

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 .
Approaching the Museum
One of the old time pilots I spoke with there said that, with a full payload of troops and equipment, the “Goose” would probably have had to go half way across the Atlantic before reaching cruising altitude.

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. ;-)
cygnus16 says:
Thx, X_Drive. With a $1.00 (if I remember correctly) veteran's discount I got in for $13.00. That's inflation for you.
Posted on: Jun 01, 2007
X_Drive says:
The Spruce Goose used to be displayed in a dome next to the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA, and it only ws $10 to see the whole thing, including the cockpit. Does that age me? :)
Posted on: Jun 01, 2007
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Oregon Homested on Rt. 18
Oregon Homested on Rt. 18
Approaching the Museum
Approaching the Museum
Spruce Goose
Spruce Goose
C-47
C-47
Aft section of fuselage
Aft section of fuselage
Drill bit that made the Hughes fam…
Drill bit that made the Hughes fa…
The Man Himself
The Man Himself
Replica of Wright Flyer
Replica of Wright Flyer
P-38 Lightning
P-38 "Lightning"
P-38
P-38
Grumman Hellcat
Grumman Hellcat
Corsair
Corsair
Spitfire
Spitfire
Dont think the spits had bubble…
Don't think the "spits" had bubbl…
p-40 Warhawk
p-40 Warhawk
A-6 Avenger Torpedo Bomber
A-6 Avenger Torpedo Bomber
Avenger
Avenger
Mitchel B-25-J
Mitchel B-25-J
B-25......... Beware my stinger!
B-25......... Beware my stinger!
ME-109
ME-109
ME-109
ME-109
Russian Yak
Russian Yak
Mig - 29
Mig - 29
Mig - 29
Mig - 29
Mig - 29
Mig - 29
British Vampire
British Vampire
Blackbird SR-71
Blackbird SR-71
Blackbird
Blackbird
Blackbird instrument panel
Blackbird instrument panel
Beech Staggerwing
Beech Staggerwing
Beech Staggerwing
Beech Staggerwing
Beech Staggerwing
Beech Staggerwing
Ford Trimotor
Ford Trimotor
Trimotor Cabin
Trimotor Cabin
Business Class?
Business Class?
Trimotor Outboard Engine
Trimotor Outboard Engine
Seabee
Seabee
Mig-15?
Mig-15?
F-81 Starfighter
F-81 Starfighter
Russian Foton 6 Capsule
Russian Foton 6 Capsule
Titan II Thruster
Titan II Thruster
Titan II
Titan II
Moon Buggy
Moon Buggy
Replica of Lunar Lander
Replica of Lunar Lander
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