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Tillamook Air Museum

Once a former blimp silo, the Tillamook Naval Air Museum is a vast cylinder-shaped building covered in rust-red sheets of corrugated metal. Listed as the world's largest free-standing wooden structure, the dimensions are 192 feet high and 1,072 feet in length. Inside the structure, over seven acres of space, six football field lengths, is used to house the museum displays.

Completed in 1943 during World War II, the structure originally held the eight blimps the US military used for anti-submarine coast patrols and convoy escorts. A second hangar was built at the same time, but was subsequently destroyed in a fire in 1992. The remaining hangar has been converted into one of the nation's top five privately owned naval air museums. It features key aircraft from aviation history, among which are the TBM Avenger, an FM-2 Wildcat, the WWII P-38 Lightning, a Bf-109 Messerschmidt, a SBD Dauntless dive bomber and a P-51 Mustang. There is a walking tour with an accompanying CD, and a series of training cockpits where visitors can explore their inner pilot. An exhibit hall within the building documents the era in which the hangar was constructed. Photos, uniforms, ration books, and other items from World War II on display create a portrait of the time. A twenty-minute short film featuring the story of the construction and history of the Tillamook Air Station is regularly shown in the museum theater. Lunch is served at a 1950's style diner, complete with tunes from the 40's and 50's, and souvenirs can be purchased at the gift shop.

Tillamook Air Museum
6030 Hangar Road
Tillamook, OR 97141





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