Evergreen Aviation, McMinnville: Word of the Day

Last September, we visited the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum, located in McMinnville, Oregon. This large facility is a great place to visit, whether you’re an aviator or not.

I featured their star attraction, the Spruce Goose, in a previous post. It dwarfs the other aircraft there. In several of my images, you’ll see parts of the Spruce Goose towering overhead.

I’ve divided this post by sections shown on the Museum map at the end of this post.

Early Flight

Several of the aircraft in this and other sections are replicas of the original. The first is a flying machine as envisioned by Leonardo Da Vinci, 400 years before the Wright brothers.

Evergreen Aviation

The next plane is a replica of a Curtiss Pusher.

Curtiss Pusher

This de Havilland DH-4 aircraft was used to deliver mail in the 1920s, as weather permitted.

Evergreen Aviation de Haviland

This one is a Curtiss-OX-5. Since it’s displayed without its coverings, you get a unique view of the underlying structure.

Curtiss OX-5

This brightly colored one is a Curtiss C-1 Robin. This plane was purchased in 1929 and used for flight training and sightseeing in Michigan.

Curtiss C-1 Robin

Spruce Goose at Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum

The Spruce Goose, otherwise known as the Hughes Flying Boat, took its one and only flight in 1947. Howard Hughes, an experienced pilot, flew the aircraft for about about one mile.

Spruce Goose

The Golden Age

This is a replica of the Spirit of St. Louis. The original aircraft, a Ryan NYP, was flown by Charles A. Lindbergh in a nonstop, solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean.

Evergreen Aviation Spirit of St Louis

This is a view from above, taken from the stairway of the Spruce Goose.

Evergreen Aviation & Space

This a Beechcraft D17-A Staggerwing. They were marketed as high-speed, comfortable business class aircraft. This is the last known example of this model.

Beechcraft A-17 Staggerwing

Korean War

This is a Messerschmit ME 262 Swallow. The Me 262 is known as the first jet-powered fighter aircraft.

Messerschmit ME 262 Swallow

This is a Gee Bee Model E Sportster.

Evergreen Aviation Gee Bee Model E Sportster

This one is a Boeing Stearman Model 75 Kaydet. These rugged and maneuverable airplanes were often used in training. This one was built in 1943 as a US Navy N2S-5.

Boeing Stearman Model 75 Kaydet

This is a Republic F-84 Thunderstreak. Deliveries of these aircraft began in 1954. They were capable of cruising airspeeds of 535 mph with a maximum speed of 695 mph.

Republic F-84 Thunderstreak

Evergreen Aviation Homebuilts

One section of the Museum is dedicated to Homebuilt aircraft. Aviators often buy kits to build their own aircraft or buy ones others have built.

This is a Van’s RV-6 from the mid-1980s. The side by side seating of this model made it popular with consumers–over 2,500 kits were purchased and assembled. At one time, our family owned both a two-seat RV-4 and a one-seat RV-2.

Evergreen Aviation Van's RV-6

Here’s another RV.

RV aircraft

This one, with its unique tandem wing design, is a Quickie 2. The elevators are fitted to the forward wing, designed to control the pitch. It’s a taildragger-type plane, with fixed wheels on the spats of the forward wing.

Evergreen Aviation Quickie 2

I couldn’t resist taking a picture of this strange looking ariplane. This is a Homebuilt BD-5B. Though fun to fly, design flaws in the early versions left many of them half built. This one was built by a Bend, Oregon resident who tinkered away at it for 20 years.

Homebuilt BD-5B

World War II

This is a Ryan P-22 Recruit, used as trainer by the United States Army Corp during World War II.

Ryan P-22 Recruit

This is a Fairchild PT-19 Cornell. They were used as military trainers by the United States Army Air Forces, Royal Air Force, and the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Fairchild PT-19 Cornell.

Here is a North American SNJ-6 Texan.

North American SNJ-6 Texan

This a Beechcraft T-34 Mentor. It’s a military trainer,designed to replace the SNJ-6. This popular aircraft was employed by the military in over twenty nations.

Beechcraft T-34 Mentor

Here’s an overview shot of the World War II section.

Evergreen Aviation & Space

This is a nose shot of a Hispano HA-200 Saetas. This was the first Spanish-designed turbojet. They flew their first missions in 1974.

Hispano HA-200 Saetas


This is a Curtiss CW-22 Falcon. They were used as civilian sport aircraft and by the military for reconnaissance, combat training, and general purpose.

Curtiss CW-22 Falcon

Vietnam War

Here’s a McDonnell Douglas F4-C Phantom II. Employed by the US Marines, Navy, and Air Force, beginning in 1958, it was one of the most successful fighters flown.

McDonnell Douglas F4-C Phantom II

Here’s a closer look inside the cockpit.

McDonnell Douglas F4-C Phantom II

Additional Displays at Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum

On the main floor, you get a glimpse of aircraft being renovated.

Evergreen Aviation & Space

If you go upstairs, there are a few more exhibits.

You can get an up close view of a Hughes XF-11 Reconnaissance aircraft. it looks puny with the Spruce Goose in the background.

Hughes XF-11 Reconnaissance aircraft

Or how about an upside down aerobatic aircraft?

Aerobatic aircraft

This is a display of flight attendant uniforms from all over the world. Remember when they were referred to as stewards and stewardesses?

Commercial flight uniforms

They have a nice gift store named Rotors, Wings, & Things.

Evergreen Aviation Rotors, Wings, & Things

You’ll find old commercial aircraft seats scattered throughout the Museum. Take the opportunity to rest your feet and take in all the sights!

Rotors, Wings, & Things

Here’s a map of the Aviation Museum.

Aviation Museum map

I will be featuring the space-themed part of this Museum in a future post.

Be sure to check out my post on the Spruce Goose here.

Word of the Day Challenge – Aviator

8 thoughts on “Evergreen Aviation, McMinnville: Word of the Day

    • Yeah, some of the early ones were works of art and wonders of engineering. The old airline seats were nice places to rest throughout the huge building!

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