Safari Motor Inn Mcminnville

381 Ne Highway 99W, Mcminnville, OR, 97128
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B-17 Flying Fortress

by SteveOSF

A B-17 Flying Fortress is on display at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum. The rugged B-17 was an American heavy bomber during World War II. The Flying Fortress got its name from the amount of armaments defending the aircraft. B-17s served in both Europe and the Pacific. They are best known for the daylight raids over Germany and France.

American flight crews only needed to fly 25 missions before they could return home. This might sound like a good deal until one realized that the bomber squadrons were losing about 15 percent of their planes on each mission. With 25 missions needed to go home, the odds of getting home were actually unfavorable. The lower ball turret gunner was an especially dangerous position, as he was exposed in the glass ball on the underside of the aircraft for an entire mission. Unfortunately for flight crews, the magic number of missions flown was increased later in the war, after the threat of German fighters was significantly reduced. The air force flight crews flying heavy bombers suffered the highest percentage of their numbers killed as any of the branches of the United States armed forces during the war. B-17s have been featured in many films. The 1990 film "Memphis Bell" was loosely based upon the first B-17 flight crew to survive all 25 missions. The 1949 film "Twelve O'Clock High" and the 1960s television series of the same name featured this aircraft. The 1970 film "Tora! Tora! Tora!" showed a B-17 landing without one wheel during the Japanese attack.

After the war most of these big sturdy airplanes were scrapped. Of the 12,700 built, only a few remain. Parts for the handful B-17s still flying are extremely rare. The museum's airplane was built in 1945 and left for the Pacific a month before the war ended. It later served in a firefighting role and was used to develop the skyhook, where a person or cargo could be retrieved by the airplane without landing. The museum's B-17 demonstrated this technique in the 1965 James Bond film, "Thunderball".

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by grantl

Pack alot of cloths, and money! Winter: Thick Cloths, Sneakers and pants! Summer: Short sleve shirts, Shorts, Sandals and something to cool you off! Alot of camera film! Trust me! Beaches are about 30-45 miles away.

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by oneonta_ni

Evergreen Aviation Museum

I finally got to see the famous Spruce Goose, after about 30 odd years of wanting to see it. My grandparents saw it in California when I was very young and I was really interested in it from that point onwards.

The plane is made of birch wood and is the largest plane in the world. It was designed by Howard Hughes and was only ever flown once.

The building which houses the plane is across from Evergreen Aviation, on flat land planted with grapes. The building was built with a large glass front. The plane was pieced together inside and the windows added afterwards.

We were told by one of the museum employees that the only place to get a picture of the whole plane was in the museum giftshop - on a postcard. The tail feathers are as tall as an eight story building - it is really huge!

Around the plane, under it's gigantic wings are little planes from the early years up to the 1970's or so. Some are war planes and others private and passenger planes. There are also 3 small Hughes 'bubble' helicopters. At one time, Howard Hughes wanted a 'helicopter in every garage'. There was also a P51 Mustang (my favourite, of course) and a tiny little one-seater plane with a rather dubious safety record.

This is a photo of the museum building, between the trees and the vineyard.

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Address: 381 Ne Highway 99W, Mcminnville, OR, 97128