Over the weekend I finally got a chance to go down to the Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville. The Spruce Goose is one big plane! When I’d read that it was the biggest plane ever built, that still didn’t prepare me for the actual scale of the thing. The whole museum is essentially in one big room, and the goose makes the other planes (like the “little” B-17) look like kid’s toys in comparison. Not too surprising that it couldn’t actually fly.
The museum is very well done, with good, informative graphics, and a very nice building. A clean, well lighted place for planes. One of the coolest parts of the visit was that we got to go inside the B-17 (for $10 extra for a family) and talk with some of the volunteers about the plane. My grandfather flew B-17s and B-25s in WWII, so it was pretty cool to get a look inside and get a sense of what it would have been like to ride in one. It would have been crowded, cold (30° below) and pretty scary, considering there’s not that much aluminum between you and the bullets.
On the way down I managed to hunt up a couple of geocaches in Newburg, which made the trip that much more fun. We also got a chance to check out the Hotel Oregon, McMennemin’s hotel in McMinnville. Typical McMennemin’s food, nice atmosphere. It’d be a nice place to stay.
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