Wednesday, October 7

Big, Bigger, Biggest

In our wanderings the last couple of days we've managed a couple of hikes and two air museums. First up was the Tillamook Air Museum - It's housed in a former military blimp hangar, called "Hangar B", which is the largest clear-span wooden structure in the world. Constructed by the US Navy in 1942 during World War II for Naval Air Station Tillamook (one of 17 blimp basses in the US) the hangar is over 1,000 feet long, nearly 300 feet wide, and 200 feet tall - over 7 acres under roof.


 

The second museum was in McMinnville - the Evergreen Air and Space Museum was impressive. Lots of cool airplanes and a great IMAX film about how aviation has changed the world - worth the stop if you are in the area. At the center of the museum is the Spruce Goose - built entirely of wood due to WWII wartime restrictions on metals, this massive airplane is the largest airplane ever constructed, and flown only one time,

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The centerpiece in this very large museum
A man can walk INSIDE the wings of this giant
and lots of other neat stuff

 

 

 

 

1 comment:

  1. The spruce Goose use to be in LA . I toured it in 1987. It was beside the Queen Victoria Ship.

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