The Captain Michael King Smith Educational Institute

Tim stands forward of the largest wooden airplane ever built
It was flown by inventor/builder, Howard Evans Hughes,
in Long Beach, California, November 2, 1947.

The Evergreen Aviation Museum was built specificially to house the Howard Hughes Flying Boat, officially numbered H-4 Hercules. Laughingly called Spruce Goose, the plane with the longest wingspan, was dismantled, labeled, and brought to McMinnville, Oregon, and stored until the museum building was roofed in. Then the "Spruce Goose" was reassembled inside the building for ongoing display. See details online.

The first and only flight lasted just over a mile at an altitude of 70 feet

Tim was interested in Russian Photon Space Capsule on display - an unmanned spacecraft

It was impossible to get an unobstructed photo of the "goose' from any point in the museum because of the many smaller craft on display. The space was open with moveable pylons and chains cordoning off excess to individual exhibits. Tim was curious about what glass windows could be removed to bring in new aircraft exhibits or remove those on loan. Literature noted that exhibits change from time to time. In November 2003, we received a map identifying the exhibits. Four planes and a helicopter were on display outside the building.

Curtiss, de Havilland, McDonnel Douglas, North American, Goodyear, Boeing, Beechcraft, Glasair, Fisher, Bede, Spitfire, Lockheed, Ford, and Northrup, planes were placed throughout the floor. The largest of these were the B-17, Lockheed Blackbird, Douglas Skytrain, and the Ford Tri-motor. Suspended above the floor were 1986 Pitts S-2H, Hiller Raven Helicopters, replica of Wright trainer, Piper cub, Beechcraft Bonanza, Christen Eagle, Schweizer glider, Hughes Helicopter, and a Yakovlev YAK-50.

In separate areas with seating, visitors could view videos of Early Flights, Hughes flying boat, Warbird, Evergreen, B-17, and special auditorium selections. We walked to look at all the exhibits, including the engines and propellers from other aircraft, and cargo deck of the "Goose" all of which took over an hour. We did not take time to view the videos.

A large sit down restaurant and restrooms were available to the public without paying the museum fee. So was a water fountain, public telephone and gift shop. I was unable to get a thimble or a magnet depicting the "Goose" or the museum. Too many others with the same idea, I suppose, since they were out of stock.

Naomi Sherer

Copyright 1997 - 2004