Sunday, July 20, 2014

Does a 747 Belong There?

After spending a hard day of driving and wine tasting yesterday--which while it sounds like as much fun as it is, is really hard work to stay focused and to not actually consume too much wine; imagine my surprise as the car rounded a corner on the highway and was greeted by a Boeing 747 sitting atop a small building near a winery named Spruce Goose.

Call it unbelievable! We actually departed the highway to get a closer look and found, although closed, the current home of Howard Hughes' famous Spruce Goose along with a number of venerable old aircraft.
MiG-29 Fulcrum with Spruce Goose visible in the Hangar

What we stumbled upon was the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum. Although the museum was closed, we were able to drive around and view some of the exhibits, including a MiG-29 Fulcrum, and a MiG-15, Fagot. It was while I was photographing the Fulcrum that I discovered the premier aircraft in the collection, the Spruce Goose. It is not outside, but is in the huge hangar display area. Looking behind the Fulcrum in the image, the Spruce Goose is partially visible. There I was, looking at a piece of aviation history that I never seriously thought I would see--no it was not on my bucket list, but it was something special none-the-less. 

I would have visited the museum, but it had already closed. I do not believe that I will have time today to return. I was also intrigued about the winery. I would love to have a bottle of wine from this vineyard, but in researching the vineyard I discovered that it does not yet have a liquor license for sale of wine from the premises, Snooth, July 17. I believe it may be because the winery recently changed its name from Evergreen Vineyards. 

747 Waterslide
So let's return to the Boeing 747 sitting atop the small building. I was truly shocked, when I discovered what old 747's are good for: serving as a water park. That is what this sophisticated aerospace machine has been reduced to--providing enjoyment for many children and people. I guess that is not a bad thing. 

What a great find in the middle of Oregon wine country!

-- Bob Doan, writing from Carlton, Oregon

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