Evergreen Aviation Museum – Airplanes
Evergreen Aviation Museum is located in McMinnville, Oregon and houses various aviation exhibits as well as more than 50 historical aircraft. The museum is now the home of Howard Hughes’ infamous “Spruce Goose.” The Hughes Flying Boat, H-4, HK-1 dwarfs the adjacent static displays of other aircraft. The Spruce Goose’s wings are 20 feet longer than that of a football field.
The Evergreen Aviation Museum also has a replica of the Wright Brothers’ 1903 Wright Flyer that was built from plans based on the original aircraft. Museum visitors will also see a Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird, the highest flying and fastest aircraft in the world. World War II buffs will be excited to see the Goodyear FG-1D Corsair, made famous by one of its pilots Major Pappy Boyington whose Black Sheep Squadron fought the Japanese in the Pacific theater. Other famous planes on static display include the British Supermarine Spitfire Mark XVI, the German Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-10 Gustav, and the McDonnell Douglas F-15A Eagle. The Evergreen Aviation Museum includes displays of aviation related items like maps, photographs, uniforms, armament, and vehicles.
The Evergreen Aviation Museum is notable for other reasons, too. Its Oregon Aviation Hall of Honor recognizes Oregon’s men and women who have made outstanding contributions to airpower and aviation in the fields that include military, engineering, civilian, education, business, and government. An annual pilot scholarship program awards two scholarships to qualifying local residents between the ages of 16 and 18 on behalf of the museum’s founder, Captain Michael King Smith. The museum also gives tours for groups with age-appropriate activities and sponsors radio controlled flying seminars for students of all ages.
Museum visitors who arrive by plane can arrange ahead of time for a free museum shuttle to pick them up from McMinnville Municipal Airport.