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Celebrating its 75th Anniversary, an American Icon Flies Again

By Becca Barnhart

The largest wooden aircraft ever built, the Spruce Goose, took its first and only historic flight on November 2, 1942, and changed the course of aviation innovation forever. The Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, home of the iconic aircraft and dedicated to honoring it's legacy by preserving it and its story to inspire continued discovery and innovation, is hosting a few events this November in celebration of this tremendous milestone. Learn a bit about the "Goose" and pay homage sometime this month or the next time you are in the Willamette Valley -- it's not going anywhere!

An overview of the Evergreen Aviation Museum's interior from the mezzanine level.

November Events

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022 - The Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, located in McMinnville, Ore., will celebrate the historic milestone commemorating the moment Hughes surprised the world as the prototype lifted off the water and flew. Activities will include remarks from special guests starting at 1:30 pm; a communication from the Howard Hughes Club in Culver City, Cal.; tours of the Spruce Goose; Howard Hughes Archive items on display; and educational documentaries showing at the Evergreen Theater.

Saturday Nov. 5, 2022 - The Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum will hold a private Gala to raise funds for an updated exhibit focusing on the untold stories surrounding the Spruce Goose, cementing the aviation icon's place in history, and continuing its legacy of sparking a passion for innovation, aviation, and discovery.

Friday, Nov. 11, 2022 - Experience two cutting-edge technologies as they converge with the release of the much-anticipated Microsoft Flight Simulator 40th Anniversary Edition, empowering the Spruce Goose to fly again. For four decades, Microsoft Flight Simulator has been extending the joy of flight to people around the world enabling awe-inspiring experiences with incredible realism.

The Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, home of the iconic Hughes Flying Boat Spruce
Goose, strives to promote scientific curiosity while empowering everyone to learn about the past
and inspiring future use of innovation and technology. Our aircraft, exhibits, and artifacts - like
our rare SR-71 Blackbird, Titan II Space Launch Vehicle (SLV) with its original launch room, and
a MaxFlight full-motion interactive flight simulator ride - offer stunning examples of aviation
achievement in an environment that teaches students of all ages how these once emerging
technologies demonstrate the importance of human skills like mathematics, science, teamwork,
determination, and perseverance. As a 501(c)3, we are proud to partner with the Academy of
Model Aeronautics, the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, the Oregon Space Consortium, and the Civil
Air Patrol Cadet Program.

Discover more than 150 historic aircraft, spacecraft, and exhibits on display, along with artwork
and traveling exhibits daily from 9 am - 5 pm. The Museum is located at 500 NE Captain
Michael King Smith Way, across the highway from the McMinnville Airport and about three miles
southeast of McMinnville, Ore., on Highway 18. To make a reservation, buy tickets, or learn
more, please call (503) 434-4180 or visit Follow @evergreenmuseum
on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for the latest updates.

Your adventure begins with the official Willamette Valley Travel Guide. Request your complimentary printed guide or download a digital guide today.

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