Friday, May 14, 2021

Photos From the Road: Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum

I'm traveling for the next few days, so things will be relatively quiet here at the blog while I spend time visiting Northern Arizona and Utah.

I do have a couple of posts prescheduled while I'm away, so please check back for those periodically.

Our current travel plans have caused me to think back on our 2019 trip to Oregon and our visit to the fascinating Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, which is affiliated with the Smithsonian.

Here are a few photos from that visit. As always, click on any photo to enlarge it for a closer look.

The "big ticket" display at the museum is Howard Hughes' gigantic Spruce Goose.

It's so big it was difficult to fit it all in camera range!

It's kind of funny that for many years I worked in an office in Long Beach, California, right down the street from the Spruce Goose Dome, where the plane was then on display, yet I never managed a visit. One of our sons saw it with his Boy Scout troop when it was in Long Beach, but it took going all the way to Oregon for me to finally see it myself!

The above guide helps give an idea how huge the Spruce Goose is compared to other planes.

A shot of the entrance to the interior of the Spruce Goose. The walk-through was quite interesting.

There are a great many planes on display, including this De Havilland D-4:

A North American F J-3 Fury:

Air Force and Marine planes:

Naval Aircraft Factory N3N Canary:

A North American F-100F Super Sabre:

The space exhibits are in a separate building in the same complex. A movie theater is in a third building.

It's a marvelous stop for anyone interested in NASA and the space program, with a great deal to see.

A Navy recovery helicopter:

Fairchild Republic A-10C Thunderbolt II:

A NASA jet:

SR-71 Blackbird with an X-15 in the background:

A closer view of the X-15:

The Wings and Waves indoor water park next door, seen below, has marvelous theming, including a plane on the roof!

A stop in McMinnville is highly recommended.

We're looking forward to returning to Oregon in a few weeks as, for those who aren't yet aware, our daughter and her husband are expecting their first children, identical twin boys, this summer!

Previous 2019 Photos from the Road posts of our visit to Oregon: McMenamins Kennedy School Hotel; Portland and the Oregon Zoo; Oregon Museum of Science and Industry; Eugene and the Lane County Fair.

Related post: An evening at the Museum of Flying in Santa Monica, California.


Blogger DKoren said...

I would love to visit there! Right up my alley. Great pics, and wow, the Spruce Goose really is large, isn't she!!!

And congratulations on impending grandkids!!! Wooo! Twins! That is exciting!

5:01 PM  
Blogger Vienna said...

Would love to visit that museum. I did see, and was inside the Spruce Goose in Long Beach. Amazing experience.

1:25 AM  
Blogger Jerry Entract said...

Those magnificent men in their flying machines!

1:18 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Hi Deb! Great to hear from you! Delighted you enjoyed the pics -- I really enjoy aviation museums. And thank you for the congratulations!!!

Vienna, I love that you live so far away yet saw the Spruce Goose in Long Beach, while I was so close and didn't! It really is amazing.

Jerry, thanks for reading! Really fun to see all these different types of "flying machines."

Best wishes,

10:11 AM  

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