Tillamook Air Museum
|Tillamook Air Museum|
|Location||Tillamook, Oregon, United States|
Tillamook Air Museum is an aviation museum located south of Tillamook, Oregon at Tillamook Airport . The museum is housed in a former military blimp hangar, called "Hangar B", which is the largest clear-span wooden structure in the world. Tillamook Air Museum has been described as "one of the country's top private World War II aircraft collections".
Constructed by the US Navy in 1942 during World War II for Naval Air Station Tillamook, the hangar building housing the aircraft is 1,072 feet (327 m) long and 296 feet (90 m) wide, giving it over 6 acres (24,000 m2) of area. It stands at 192 feet (59 m) tall. The doors weigh 30 tons each and are 120 feet (37 m) tall. Hangar "B" is one of two that were built on the site originally, Hangar "A" was destroyed by fire in August,1992.
The museum features a collection of over 15 aircraft. This is a listing of some of the more notable:
- Aero Spacelines Mini Guppy
- Bellanca Air Cruiser 1938
- Boeing PT-17 Stearman
- Chance Vought A-7 Corsair
- Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17
- Nord 1101
- Cessna 180 (One of two light aircraft that were the first to land on the North Pole)
- Erco Ercoupe 415C
- Quickie Homebuilt Aircraft
The Museum also features an exhibit hall with a large collection of rare historical wartime and aviation artifacts including pieces of the great German airship the Hindenburg and a WWII Luftwaffe flight jacket.
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- Larsen, Jeff Short Trips: Slice of history and a wedge of cheese Seattle-PI 2002-03-21 retrieved 2008-04-24
- 10 great places to remember World War II USA Today 2004-06-04 retrieved 2008-04-24
- Tillamook Air Museum: Building
- U.S. Naval Air Station Dirigible Hangars
- Tobias, Lori (May 6, 2013 (print edition of May 7, p. 1)). "Future of Tillamook blimp hangar in question as air museum prepares to move". The Oregonian. Retrieved May 8, 2013.
Media related to Tillamook Air Museum at Wikimedia Commons
- Photos of aircraft at Tillamook Air Museum at Airliners.net
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- Hardt, Ulrich H. "Naval Air Station Tillamook/Tillamook Air Museum". The Oregon Encyclopedia.