|Douglas DC-3 Commercial Airliner that popularized air travel in the 1930s, still used today|
Evergreen's mission is, "To inspire, promote and preserve aviation and space history, and honor the patriotic service of our veterans." The property covers multiple buildings filled with aircraft, exhibits and artifacts that are impeccably preserved and displayed. It's massive! They also have a digital 3D theater, cafes, a gift shop and even a water park for kids. The exhibits have been done to really help demonstrate the value of skills such as math, science, team work and determination, all the more reason to bring your kids (or just oversized kids like me!).
At the center of the museum sits the original Spruce Goose, the largest airplane ever built. I was able to jump up and touch the bottom of it! They let us go inside the Spruce Goose and explore, definitely highlight of my visit. I learned so much from the videos and exhibits at Evergreen. Their efforts to restore these aircraft and tell the stories of what each specific one has been through was amazing and inspiring. I definitely recommend a visit if you're in the Portland area or passing through on a road trip!
|Panorama of historic aircraft at the Evergreen Museum|
|Supermarine Spitfire like those used in the Battle of Britain|
|P-38 Lightning from WWII|
|DC-3 commercial airliner - fits under a wing of the Spruce Goose!|
|P-40 Tomahawk - Flying Tiger|
|A12/SR-71 Blackbird and D21 drone - fastest jet ever built|
|Nasa X-15 Rocketplane - it went mach 5 and touched the edge of space!|
|Apollo 11 Lander and moon suit|