Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Not long ago, we had the pleasure of visiting two aviation museums. The Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in McMinnville Oregon and Wings Over the Rockies at the former Lowry AFB near Denver Colorado.
Both present something truly unique in the aviation field along with the standard static displays of military, commercial, and civilian aircraft. In this post, let’s start with Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum where you can see the aeronautical designs of Orville & Wilbur Wright alongside Howard Hughes’ Spruce Goose!
First envisioned by Capt. Michael King Smith (an F-15 fighter pilot with the Oregon National Guard, son of Evergreen International Aviation founder Delford Smith, and president of Evergreen Ventures, Inc.), the museum began with a small collection of vintage aircraft in a hangar at the company headquarters in 1991. With the purchase of the Spruce Goose in 1992, the museum expanded, from necessity, to accommodate the sheer size of that massive aircraft.
Today, the museum occupies 2 sleek, modern glass and metal hangars located in a vineyard across the road from the McMinnville Municipal Airport.
The next post will show you the Wings Over the Rockies Museum near Denver, Colorado. Fredrick Arnold ‘s moving and emotional sculpture, Lest We Forget: The Mission, is on display there until April 2019 when it will move to the World War II Museum in New Orleans.