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Evergreen Aviation Museum.

I know not everybody is interested in aircraft like I am but when Conda and I visited the US in 2001, the Evergreen Aviation Museum was one of the places I wanted to see again. I have been to many aircraft museums but this is one of the best I've seen. I hope that all names of the aircraft are correct.

The aircraft collection is set in an impressive building with well maintained gardens. I have been to this museum a number of times since, and each time there is more to see.

On the right is a C47 (Skytrain, similar to the Civil DC3) in the color scheme as used during the D Day landings during WWII.

A Vietnam war era Huey helicopter, or UH1 Iroquois.


This aircraft had the markings of the Oregon Army National Guard. Just about every war movie about Vietnam features these choppers.

The day we visited the Museum, they had two events going on. One was a model kit exhibition, as shown around this A4 Skyhawk jet fighter.

Because of the extra space required they had to push some of the aircraft outside, including this WWII B25 bomber.

Another of the aircraft out in the parking lot. I believe this aircraft is a Mohawk, formerly of the Oregon Army National Guard.

When they start parking aircraft in the supermarket parking lot among the cars like this I'll start to worry.

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This model of a battle ship was one of the more impressive models at the model kit exhibition.

There were old and newer choppers on display including the Huey Cobra on the right.

Choppers, lots of choppers on show, all appearing to be in pristine condition.

The other event on at the museum was the dedication of two new aircraft. One of them was F5 shown on the above.

For the dedication ceremony they had a couple of speakers who were former air force fighter pilots giving very interesting commentary on the use of these aircraft.

The second aircraft being dedicated today was this F4 Phantom II.

The aircraft displayed had spent some of it's service career with the Oregon Air National Guard.

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Some of the markings on the side of the Phantom seemed to showed it had scored 2 kills of enemy aircraft during it's service.

The real star of the show at The Evergreen Aviation Museum has to be the massive "Spruce Goose".

The Spruce Goose is the aircraft that Howard Hughes started during WWII but didn't complete until 1947. The Spruce Goose that did fly once still holds the record today for the largest wingspan of any aircraft.

The relative size of the aircraft can be seen by looking at the people entering the plane from the platform in the center of the picture.

Eight massive engines, four on each wing on the, then revolutionary aircraft made largely of laminated ply wood construction.

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The sheer size of the aircraft is further emphasized in these internal pictures. Inside the red circle is a grown man.

A WWII era Corsair fighter that also served in Korea. These aircraft were used by the U.S. Navy and also the U.S. Marines.

I believe this aircraft is a Korean War era FJ-4 Fury. The Fury was the first operational jet aircraft in the US Navy.

The once secret SR71 spy plane from the Cold War era. Nestled under the wing of the Spruce Goose again emphasizing that aircraft's size.

The cramped cockpit of the SR71 spy planes from the Cold War era.

One of the monuments outside in the grounds of the museum.

Another monument commemorating the service to their country by members of the U.S. armed forces.

A newly arrived project, a SH3 Sea King helicopter. These choppers were used for missions that included recovery of astronauts during the space program.

I believe this chopper is to become part of the space flight display to be included in a new section under construction.

A 1950's era soviet block fighter aircraft.

An American 1950's era aircraft and probable contempoary of the soviet fighet in the other picture.

Outside, there were a number of armoured vehicles on display, from both sides of the iron curtain.

I'm not even going to try and guess what the namse of the various exibits are.

Across the road from the Evergreen Aviation Museum is this F15 Eagle mounted on display. F15s are still in service with The US Air Force and Air National Guard Units, including Oregon.

This F-15 displayed on a pedestal in front of the EIA headquarters across the highway from the museum and a bronze statue on the pathway between the aviation and space museum are in memory of Captain Michael K. Smith, the son of the founder of Evergreen Avation.

Also across from the museum, two Evergreen Aviation aircraft, a C130 Hercules above.

Along side the C130 is this Neptune, formerly an anti submarine aircraft used by operators including the U.S. Navy and the Australian Air Force.