Tillamook Air Museum
|Location||Tillamook, Oregon, United States|
Tillamook Air Museum is an aviation museum south of Tillamook, Oregon, at Tillamook Airport in the United States. The museum is housed in a former military blimp hangar, called "Hangar B", which is the largest clear-span wooden structure in the world.
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 7 acres (2.8 ha) of area. It stands at 192 feet (59 m) tall. The doors weigh 30 short tons (27 t) 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.
USA Today described the Tillamook Air Museum in 2004 as "one of the country's top private World War II aircraft collections". However, in April 2013, the museum announced that the part of its collection owned by Jack Erickson would be moving from Tillamook to Madras, Oregon, and all of the World War II aircraft had been removed by September 2014.
In November 2014, the owners of Hangar B, the Port Of Tillamook Bay, announced that they would continue operation of the Tillamook Air Museum with the remaining collection. The museum's lease on the hangar extends to January 2016.
The museum features a collection of more than 15 aircraft. This is a listing of some of the more notable:
- 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
- Learjet 24
- Mikoyan-Gurevich Mig-17F/Lim 5
- A-26 Invader
- Fouga Magister
- Jet Provost
The Museum also features an exhibit hall with a large collection of rare historical wartime and aviation themed artifacts including pieces of the great German airship the Hindenburg, a WWII Luftwaffe flight jacket and a WW II Japanese Army Winter flight suit.
Aircraft formerly included
Aircraft formerly part of the museum collection included the following:
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- Hammers, Scott (May 9, 2014). "Air Museum Collection Landing at Madras Airport". Bend Bulletin. Retrieved February 2, 2015.
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- Tobias, Lori (May 7, 2013). "Future of Tillamook Blimp Hangar in Question as Air Museum Prepares to Move". The Oregonian. p. 1. 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.