Issue 08 Preview – Visit – Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum Wendy Cunningham 1 Comments, Join the Conversation At Home in the Clouds With a Firearms Collection, an Aerospace Exhibit, and the Original Spruce Goose, the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum preserves Our Aeronautic History, While Honoring Our Veterans Throughout history there have been a handful of men and women who have refused to be constrained by the pull of gravity. What often begins as a child pondering how birds can soar high above the treetops develops into a pioneer flying through the clouds, then space. Someone once said, “To most people, the sky is the limit. To those who love aviation, the sky is home.” Thanks to the vision of the late Captain Michael King Smith and his father, Delford Smith, the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum brings the beasts that fill the sky back down to solid ground. Tucked comfortably in the middle of Pacific Northwest wine country, the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum and Captain Michael King Smith Educational Institute are just over 3 miles southeast of McMinnville, Oregon. An all-ages experience with a mission to inspire and educate, as well as promote and preserve aviation and space history, Evergreen is home to more than 150 historic aircraft and exhibits. Get up close and personal with the SR-71 Blackbird, explore the Titan II Missile from inside her silo, and get a firsthand glimpse from the interior of a fully restored B-17 Flying Fortress. The star of the show, however, is undoubtedly Howard Hughes’ aviation icon, the Spruce Goose. World’s Biggest Plane Designated H-4 by Hughes (not only did he despise the nickname Spruce Goose, but the Flying Boat was constructed of mostly birch), it’s the largest airplane ever built — yet it flew only once. What she lacked in airtime, she made up for in pure ingenuity. Hughes’ expertise was highly sought after during World War II, and all the while his “Wooden Wonder” remained flight-ready, but out of the public eye. After Hughes’ death in 1976, she was set to be dismantled, a relic of aviation history, but it seemed that just wasn’t how her story was to end. She spent several years on display in Long Beach, California, and in 1992 the Smiths saw to it that the Spruce Goose was given a proper and permanent home. It took nearly 10 years to disassemble, move, and reassemble, but it was well worth the wait, as the Spruce Goose and her impressive 320-foot wingspan is now the centerpiece of Evergreen’s Museum. For the rest of this article, subscribe digitally here: RECOIL Issue 8 Explore RECOILweb:LoF gloves appearing in SabotageSt. Mike multiple casualty bagEDCpen: the "ultimate minimalist everyday carry pen"A Day at the Range with Blackwater Ammo NEXT STEP: Download Your Free Target Pack from RECOILFor years, RECOIL magazine has treated its readers to a full-size (sometimes full color!) shooting target tucked into each big issue. Now we've compiled over 50 of our most popular targets into this one digital PDF download. From handgun drills to AR-15 practice, these 50+ targets have you covered. Print off as many as you like (ammo not included). Click here to get IMMEDIATE ACCESS to a digital PDF of this target pack!