Evergreen Aviation Museum, McMinnville, Oregon, USA

Evergreen Aviation Museum is famous for many reasons. However, the main reason is that it houses a famous aircraft - Howard Hughes' SPRUCE GOOSE. And what an amazing aircraft it is. Huge doesn't come close. Completed in 1947 and flown only once, the Spruce Goose has finally got it's home. The aircraft dwarfs everything else in the museum and is without a doubt, the centre piece of the museum. As large as a Boeing 747 or an Airbus A380, it is hard to believe that this aircraft was designed and built some 60 years ago.

The museum has some really interesting aircraft on display. The museum was originally the vision of Michael Smith, then a young man with a dream. Michael was the son of Delford Smith who is the founder of Evergreen Aviation and started with two helicopters and built the business into a huge empire. Michael's vision was for children to come and learn about flight and aviation. The museum now boasts an educational centre for young kids. I might add that the museum give us adults a kick as well but that is beside the point... Unfortunately, Michael was killed in a motor vehicle accident before his dream was fulfilled but his legacy lives on.

Situated in a most beautiful part of the USA, the museum buildings are art pieces in themselves! I just love the way the Americans do things. They have a way of displaying old aircraft to the full.

If you ever find yourself in Oregon, do yourself a favour and pop into MvMinnville and find the museum, you will not be sorry!

EAM_068 - Evergreen Aviation Museum - the main building EAM_001 - the entrance into the main building EAM_067 - a sculpture of Michael Smith, son of Delford Smith and co-founder of the museum. Unfortunately, he died in a motor vehicle accident before his dreams could be fulfilled.... EAM_002 - A DC3A stands under the wing of the Spruce Goose EAM_003 - a Curtiss Wright Falcon trainer EAM_004 - Beech D17A Traveler EAM_005 - Messerschmitt 262 WW2 vintage EAM_006 - Ford 5-AT-B Tri-Motor Tin Goose EAM_013 - Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 MF Fishbed-J EAM_012 - an early model Boeing Stearman? EAM_010 - Grumman OV-1D Mohawk EAM_009 - Evergreen B17 EAM_008 - airworthy Mustang EAM_039 - Mustnag gets a runup after an engine rebuild EAM_007 - Replica Spirit of St Louis EAM_030 - de Havilland DH-4M-1, the only airworthy example left in the world EAM_029 - Curtiss Robin B is dwarfed by the Spruce Goose EAM_028 - Gee Bee Sportster replica EAM_027 - North American FJ-3 Fury EAM_026 - the Spruce Goose standing high above everything else EAM_025 - General Motors TBM-3E Avenger EAM_024 - Curtiss P-40 Warhawk EAM_023 - Lockheed P-38 Lightning EAM_022 - Daimler-Benz DB 605A-1 liquid-cooled inverted V12 EAM_021 - Messerschmitt Bf 109G EAM_020 - Supermarine Spitfire Mark XVI EAM_019 - Goodyear FG-1D Corsair EAM_018 - Douglas A-26C Invader EAM_017 - Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat EAM_016 - Ryan PT-22 Recruit EAM_015 - aircraft are dwarfed by the Spruce Goose EAM_033 - This Hiller UH-12E is one of two Hillers with which Delford Smith started Evergreen Helicopters, Inc. in the early 1960s. EAM_032 - Grumman OV-1D Mohawk EAM_014 - another view of the NA Fury EAM_031 - a longer view of the museum with the Spruce Goose taking principal place EAM_035 - another general view of the museum EAM_037 - Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29 Fulcrum EAM_066 - Douglas A-4 Skyhawk EAM_034 - A-7 Corsair II EAM_041 - entrance to the Space museum section EAM_065 - a wide angle view of the Space museum EAM_063 - X38 space ship - is it flying right now? EAM_062 - F15 Eagle and wide angle view of the museum EAM_061 - another wide angle view EAM_060 - and yet another view EAM_059 - SR 71 number 971 flew a total of 3512 hours EAM_058 - a model of the X15 EAM_057 - Russian jet - unknown EAM_056 - Lockheed F-104G Starfighter EAM_055 - SR-71 EAM_054 - F15 Eagle EAM_053 - F-4 Phantom EAM_052 - Piasecki H-21 Shawnee EAM_051 - Sikorsky HO3S-1 (S-51) Dragonfly EAM_050 - general view of the museum EAM_049 - helicopters palyed a big part in Evergreen so are well represented EAM_046 - Apollo equipment - mostly replicas EAM_048 - an Apollo spacesuit EAM_047 - a self portrait in the visor of the spacesuit helmet EAM_045 - a real helicopter with a replica Apollo space capsule EAM_044 - a replica of the Gemini spacewalk EAM_043 - a replica of the Gemini spacewalk EAM_042 - a genuine Russian capsule EAM_040 - a Sopwith Camel hangs in the foyer of the Imax theatre EAM_038 - the waterpark at Evergreen with a Boeing 747-100 on top of the building EAM_036 - even the golf cart has a  space theme