Tillamook Air Museum

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Tillamook Air Museum
Tillamook Air Museum from air.jpg
Tillamook Air Museum is located in Oregon
Tillamook Air Museum
Location within Oregon
Established1994 (1994)
LocationTillamook, Oregon
Coordinates45°25′13″N 123°48′17″W / 45.420391°N 123.804835°W / 45.420391; -123.804835Coordinates: 45°25′13″N 123°48′17″W / 45.420391°N 123.804835°W / 45.420391; -123.804835
TypeAviation museum
DirectorRita Welch
CuratorChristian Gurling
Websitetillamookair.com

Tillamook Air Museum is an aviation museum south of Tillamook, Oregon in the United States. The museum is located at a former US Navy Air Station and housed in a former blimp hangar, known as "Hangar B", which is the largest clear-span wooden structure in the world.[1]

History[edit]

Constructed by the United States Navy in 1942 during World War II for Naval Air Station Tillamook, the hangar building housing the aircraft collection 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 and could accommodate six blimps each. Hangar "B" is one of two that were originally built on the site. Hangar "A" was destroyed by fire on August 22, 1992.[2][3]

In April 2013, the museum announced that the part of its collection owned by Jack Erickson would be moving from Tillamook to Madras, Oregon. All of the World War II aircraft had been removed by September 2014.[4][failed verification]

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.[5][6]

In 2016, the Classic Aircraft Aviation Museum moved a number of their aircraft to the museum.[7]

In 2021, the museum received a B-52 cockpit on loan from Scroggins Aviation Mockup & Effects.[8]

Collection[edit]

Aero Spacelines Mini Guppy
External shot of Hangar B
Interior photo of Tillamook Air Museum

Aircraft on display[edit]

Exhibits[edit]

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 World War II Luftwaffe flight jacket and a WWII Japanese Army Winter flight suit.[25]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Larsen, Jeff (March 21, 2002). Short Trips: Slice of History and a Wedge of Cheese Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved 2008-04-24
  2. ^ "The Building". Tillamook Air Museum. Archived from the original on 27 May 2013. Retrieved 22 June 2020.
  3. ^ "U.S. Naval Air Station Dirigible Hangar B". National Park Service. Archived from the original on 3 October 2015. Retrieved 22 June 2020.
  4. ^ Hammers, Scott (May 9, 2014). "Air Museum Collection Landing at Madras Airport". Bend Bulletin. Retrieved February 2, 2015.
  5. ^ "Port to Assume Operation of Tillamook Air Museum". Tillamook County Pioneer. November 6, 2014. Archived from the original on November 10, 2014. Retrieved August 8, 2019.
  6. ^ Tobias, Lori (May 7, 2013). "Future of Tillamook Blimp Hangar in Question as Air Museum Prepares to Move". The Oregonian. p. 1. Archived from the original on August 8, 2019. Retrieved August 8, 2019.
  7. ^ Loose, Travis (September 23, 2016). "Hillsboro hall relocates classic airplanes to Tillamook". Hillsboro Tribune. Pamplin Media Group. Archived from the original on October 24, 2017. Retrieved August 8, 2019.
  8. ^ Gurling, Christian (26 November 2021). "From the air museum: Come see the changes at the air museum". Tillamook Headlight Herald. Retrieved 15 December 2021.
  9. ^ "Aero-Spacelines Mini-Guppy". Tillamook Air Museum. Retrieved 22 June 2020.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Aircraft". Tillamook Air Museum. Retrieved 22 June 2020.
  11. ^ "B-52 Stratofortress". Tillamook Air Museum. Retrieved 2021-11-03.
  12. ^ "Cessna 180F Skywagon". Tillamook Air Museum. Retrieved 22 June 2020.
  13. ^ "Chris-Teena Mini-Coupe". Tillamook Air Museum. Retrieved 22 June 2020.
  14. ^ "Douglas A4-B [sic] Skyhawk". Tillamook Air Museum. Retrieved 22 June 2020.
  15. ^ "Erco Ercoupe 415-C". Tillamook Air Museum. Retrieved 22 June 2020.
  16. ^ "Fairchild Gk-1 [sic]". Tillamook Air Museum. Retrieved 22 June 2020.
  17. ^ "Grumman F-14A Tomcat". Tillamook Air Museum. Retrieved 22 June 2020.
  18. ^ "Kaman HTK-1 (Helicopter)". Tillamook Air Museum. Retrieved 22 June 2020.
  19. ^ "Ling-Temco-Vought A-7 Corsair ll". Tillamook Air Museum. Retrieved 22 June 2020.
  20. ^ "Nieuport 11 (Replica)". Tillamook Air Museum. Retrieved 22 June 2020.
  21. ^ "Nord 1101 Noralpha". Tillamook Air Museum. Retrieved 22 June 2020.
  22. ^ "Mikoyan-Gurevich Mig-17/Lim 6". Tillamook Air Museum. Retrieved 22 June 2020.
  23. ^ "Airframe Dossier - Mikoyan Gurevich-WSK-Mielec Lim-6bis, s/n 319 SPRP, c/n 1F 03-19, c/r N2503N". Aerial Visuals. Retrieved 22 June 2020.
  24. ^ "Quickie (homebuilt aircraft hanging above Café)". Tillamook Air Museum. Retrieved 22 June 2020.
  25. ^ "Exhibits". Tillamook Air Museum. Retrieved 22 June 2020.

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