Sunday, June 27, 2010

For The Last Time, I Didn't Sabotage Your Plane


When I heard that the Tillamook Air Museum was built to house blimps during World War II, I remembered the movie, "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow" which featured the Hindenburg blimp (today's blog title--it's a quote from the movie).  Dumb movie, but they had some cool special effects using the blimp and planes from the World War II era.  On our last day here, we visited the Tillamook Air Museum, called "Hangar B".  It is the largest clear-span wooden structure in the world and it is HUGE--my interior picture doesn't do it justice.  You can see the building for miles. Tillamook Air Museum includes not only World War II planes, but motorcycles, helicopters, and planes from the Korean, Viet Nam, and Gulf war.

I thought this would be another cheesy tourist trap, but it was nicely put together and well worth the time.  Walking through the exhibits you see pictures of our young pilots, descriptions of the women working in factories back home, the proud old planes, and all the while the 1940s background music playing eerily in the cavernous space--a little ghost-like.  It gave me goose bumps.

We spent over two hours at the museum, and still didn't see everything. 

Tomorrow, we relocate farther south to Lincoln City, Oregon. 

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