Tillamook Air Museum, Tillamook

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Offering a valuable lesson in aviation history, Tillamook Air Museum sits inside a military blimp hangar built during World War II. The hangar, a notable tourist attraction in and of itself, covers an area of nearly 3 hectares (7 acres) and stands 60 m (190 ft) tall. The largest clear-span wooden structure in the world, it houses a fighter plane collection that includes the Tomcat F-14A, Douglas A4-B Skyhawk, and MiG-17F. In the hangar's exhibit hall you'll find rare aviation artifacts and authentic World War II medals. Start your aviation adventure at the on-site theater, where you can watch a short film about the history of the hangar and the aircraft displayed inside it. Plan a Tillamook trip in moments using our itinerary builder.
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  • They had a fairly good collection of airplanes from the past. Great history of the zeppelins. I never did know that they were used that much in World War 2. Much less that we had military bases specif...  more »
  • This used to be a WONDERFUL Air Museum... but all that changed when Jack Erickson moved his extensive collection of WWII aircraft to Madras, Oregon. They still have an interesting little museum, nice ...  more »
  • Love, love, love this place!! Such a treat to explore. No crowds, quiet, super educational. I was especially impressed this time with all the new additions and improved layout. HOW FUN!!!  more »
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  • Not Smithsonian level by any means but definitely worth the visit if you have some time to burn. We went in the off season so the cafe was closed and it wasn’t busy but A) not like we were looking for food and B) more fun for us to take our time to meander and read everything with no crowds! The young man at the ticket area was SUPER friendly and let us know where to start. We sat in the little theater to watch the history video first and it was very informative - it definitely show cased a lot of great history of the area AND in general I wasn’t aware of (my high school somehow repeatedly only taught about the civil war... don’t ask) The hangar is HUGE and a little drippy if it’s raining but that wasn’t a bother. The planes were fun to look at and there are cockpits you can climb in for some fun photos. We really enjoyed the room with the relics from the war - definitely our favorite due to the old photos and descriptions. It felt like walking into history. Definitely would recommend visiting especially with kids and even more if they’re into planes :) I think anyone interested in history would definitely enjoy a visit. Again, not a super amazing museum you’d go to in a large city, so base your expectations off of it being a smaller area run by (I think) volunteers. But worth a visit if you like aviation!
  • This was my second visit here. Took my kids and had a good time. Really enjoy the history. I remember there being a lot more WW2 aircraft the last visit (maybe 12 years ago). If you visit, look up at the top inside of the hangar doors. There's basketball ball backboards and hoops mounted above them...150 feet or more from the ground. You might have to squint to see them, but they're there!
  • A really unique place in an awesome old hanger. They've really begun to fill the place back up with new planes, old cars and machinery, and several new exhibit rooms. Always a great stop.
  • Strangely colder inside the hangar than outside, must be something with all the cement for the floor. The building itself was awesome, what a feat of engineering and construction. I wish they had a tour where you got to climb up the side to the top where you can tell there's a catwalk. The airplanes and helicopters are neat to look at, and the training simulators while old and beat up, were cool to get into and sit in. Seems like the place isn't doing too well financially, lots of roof leaks (understandable as the roof is huge) and at the far end it appeared they are renting hangar space for RV and big-vehicle storage.
  • There was more to this experience than we were anticipating, beginning with the young man, Matthew, who greeted us. He was very engaged, animated, and knowledgeable, eagerly imparting that knowledge to us. It was a wonderful start. The museum is very fortunate to have him in that position. The museum itself exceeded our expectations. We really didn't know what to expect, and it isn't gorgeous, but it was impressive. Overall, I'm thrilled my husband suggested the trip.
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