Evergreen Aviation Museum

Evergreen Aviation Museum

The Evergreen Aviation Museum, located in McMinnville, Oregon, displays about 80 aircraft, including the world’s largest wooden aircraft. Originally designated HK-1 for the first aircraft built by Hughes-Kaiser, it was re-designated H-4 for Howard Hughes’ fourth aircraft when Henry Kaiser withdrew from the project. The press insisted on calling Hughes’ Flying Boat the “Spruce Goose” even though most of the plane is made of birch. Construction started in 1942 and finished in 1947. This giant plane was nearly six times bigger than any aircraft of its time and has the longest wingspan (319 feet 11 inches) ever constructed. Howard Hughes flew it on November 2, 1947. It was stored out of the public eye for 33 years. It was exhibited in Long Beach, California in the 1980s. It moved to McMinnville in 1993 and was assembled in its new home in 2001. This giant plane does not appear to be made of wood. It was interesting to step inside this impressive piece of aviation history.

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