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Friday, December 22, 2006

REVIEW - The Spruce Goose at McMinnville airport


Where did the biggest airplane in the world go? To McMinnville airport in McMinnville, Oregon. What happens when you take a small child to see the world's largest airplane.
It does not look like the world's biggest airplane
as you approach the specially built glass-walled
hanger in McMinnville, Oregon, but the airplane just
keeps getting larger as you near it, until once inside, it towers over everything including aircraft you thought of as huge, like full-fledged bombers.

The child in the photo, an aficionado of airplanes and things that fly from an early age, stood not much more two and a half feet tall when this photo was taken, capturing the look of surprise and joy as she looked up at the tail of the huge aircraft.

The Spruce Goose was moved to Oregon from California in the 1990's, and a special hangar was built, which is now a full-fledged aviation museum, with a wide spectrum of aircraft from cloth and wire antiques to supersonic jet aircraft. There is an aviation learning center and gift store with hobbyist and model materials as well, along with a good snack bar serving light lunches and drinks.
You can reach the museum by driving west on highway 99 from the Portland area towards McMinnville, but the fun way is to fly in to McMinnville airport, KMMV and walk across the street to the museum.
Information about the airport is at this site:
Information about the Evergreen Air museum is at:
If you visit the museum, please consider taking a moment and adding your thoughts to this post.
Onward & Upward! ~ rfb

1 comment:

Carlos R. said...

I saw your link over at Ipilot and decided to check this place out. Very nice so far!

I have been to Evergreen twice - once while touring the PDX area before moving there, and once after I moved to Boise, when I flew myself there in a C172.

It is one of the best museums on the West coast and I always encourage other students at my flight school to plan a cross country trip there while building hours.

The Spruce Goose may not be considered a huge airplane by today's standards, but I defy anyone standing under it's wings not to be awestruck by it's presence and history. It is a plane that has true character.

Another museum to check out is the Museum of Flight on Boeing field in Seattle.