Thursday, March 15, 2007

Tillamook Air Museum

Spring is flowering and one of our first is the Clematis on our back patio.

Since spring is here we had to get out in the RV so we drove north and then west to Tillamook and the Air Museum.

It's just past the 4th cow pasture then a hard right.

Out front is a Boeing 377 Stratocruiser (Mini-Guppy) titled the Erickson Air Crane.

Superputter and Scrabble Queen posed in front of the entrance of the museum for me.

The huge hanger doors ride on train tracks to open.

It's hard to describe just how large this hanger really is. It was built as part of the coastal defense system. It's the largest wooden structure in the world. It was built in one year with the start in 1941 and finish date in 1942. I was born the following year. The plane you see inside is not a small plane but a large twin engine plane.

Inside they had one of the machines (Graphotype) used to make dogtags. We had them make a dogtag for Superputter with his name serial number and branch of service.

Here is a view of the hanger door from inside.

This picture, if you click on it shows the wooden planks used to construct the roof.

This is an F4u-7 Corsair.
With its inverted gull wing, and set back cockpit, military commanders felt the pilots would have a hard time landing on aircraft carriers. Eventually a new landing technique was developed in which the pilot made a wide, sweeping approach in order to keep an eye on the landing deck at all times until the last seconds when he would roll the wings level and pounce on the deck

The Air Museum also has it's own soda shop. We found out it was still cold in the hanger with the doors open so popping back in to warm up was a treat.

I know I should have gotten the names of all these aircraft but heck I just like the looks of them and I would forget them in a few days. We all liked this flying boat.

I like this sleek air force vintage fighter.

This is Billy Mitchell's Tangerine twin engine fighter. Billy is regarded as the father of the U.S. Air Force.
During and after WW1 he held a number of command and staff posts in the Air Service, both in France (1917-19), and in the US (Director of Military Aeronautics, 1919; Chief of Training and Operations, 1920). As Assistant to the Chief of Air Service (1921-26), he advocated the creation of an independent Air Service. He arranged demonstrations illustrating the utility of air power through the historic bomber vs. battleship trials (1921), the group flight to Alaska from the continental US (1923), and the Army's Around-the-World Flight of 1924.

Mitchell's public criticism of government policies, in defiance of Army regulations, resulted in his court martial for "conduct prejudicial of good order and military discipline" and insubordination in Oct-Dec 1925. Found guilty and suspended for five years, Mitchell resigned his commission in Jan 1926. He continued to promote aviation and decry government inefficiencies until his death.

I had to do a little censorship on this picture but it really is indicative of the times and the brave boys who did what they could to make the best of their dangerous service.

Fast and sleek the North American P-51 Mustang was an American long-range single-seat fighter aircraft that entered service with Allied air forces in the middle years of World War II. The P-51 became one of the conflict's most successful and recognizable aircraft.

We finally got to the Tillamook Cheese country where we saw a vintage London Omnibus.

Continued tomorrow

Quote of the Day -

In the development of air power, one has to look ahead and not backward and figure out what is going to happen, not too much what has happened. ~ Brigadier General William 'Billy' Mitchell, USAS.

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