Oregon: Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum

One of our favorite museums to visit is Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in McMinnville.

Conveniently, our RV park happened to be located behind the museum, so I took advantage of the proximity. I took my dad to the museum for an early Father’s Day celebration, since we were originally planning to be on the road to our next destination. There’s a walkway from our RV park to the museum, so we didn’t have to try to park, either.

Once you go into the museum, the first thing you see is the Spruce Goose. You can’t help it – it’s the entire length of the museum.

A very large plane (the Spruce Goose) dwarfing over other planes in a building.
The Spruce Goose from the balcony, showing the scale of its size in the building.

We checked out the Curtiss Model D and the Wright 1903 planes first, as we started working our way around the building.

There is also a replica of the Spirit of St Louis in the hangar. The original is on permanent display at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

Then you are right next to the Spruce Goose and you can’t help but be overwhelmed by the sheer size.

Lined up on the other side of the Spruce Goose are some Korean War era planes.

Behind the Spruce Goose is a DC-3A, which is a DC-3 with 1,000–1,200-horsepower (750–890 kW) Pratt & Whitney R-1830 Twin Wasp engines.

Coming up on the other side of the Spruce Goose, with photos of the tail area.

And finally, inside the Spruce Goose.

Now that I’ve gotten the Spruce Goose out of my system, I finished looking at a few other planes and helicopters.

Once done with the Aviation Museum building, we headed over to the Space Museum building. There are some really interesting exhibits here on space, including shuttle missions, the moon landing, and Apollo missions.

Some interesting and unique transportation options are also in the Space Museum, such as the SR-71 Blackbird and some transport planes.

But the jewels of the Space Museum is also here, the Titan 2 Missile (upright) and the Titan 4 Missile (horizontal).

We ran out of time, but we’ll go back again. I can’t resist the Spruce Goose, any time we are near. 🙂


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