Saturday, September 17, 2011

The Spruce Goose

When we learned that The Spruce Goose was at The Evergreen Aviation Museum just 75 minutes away we had to take a look.

When we pulled into the driveway of The Evergreen Aviation Museum the first thing we saw was this 747 on the roof of one of the many large museum buildings.

This turned out to be the totally enclosed water park. Inside you climb stairs up to the 747 where you pick which water tube you want slide down in.

The tail of The Spruce Goose is 80 feet high. Note The Spirit Of St. Louis parked underneath.

What a behemoth this is, the wing of The Spruce Goose is so thick that a person can walk out to the most outboard engine without bending over. These engines are Pratt & Whitney, 3000 hp, 28 cylinder, R-4360s; 8 of them!!

Even today, it's still the largest wingspan plane ever built.

Inside the fuselage looking aft; note the human figure for a sense of scale.

There are some hands-on exhibits such as this giant radio control flight simulator.

There many nice old war birds as well, though The Spruce Goose steals the show.

1 comment:

  1. What a cool visit!! Gotta put that one on the list.