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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  • Great play area for kids! The museum has some neat exhibits and the entry fee is not bad. It’s a smaller museum but the historical pieces make it worth a stop.  more »
  • The hangar was full of planes and history. It was extremely cold and the guy at the counter says it was about 40 degrees in the hangar most of the year and only gets up to 60 in the heat of the summer...  more »
  • Went to the blimp hanger for Veterans Day. Nice little ceremony for the Veterans. Several display items and a little café. I had hoped for little more but I was excited to see how a blimp hanger looke...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Great place to get really close to some plans! As it turns out if you go on Christmas Eve you'll be literally the only people there and you get to wander around this giant hangar and check out the planes in solitude. It is pretty chilly in there, though, so I'd bring a jacket... or a coat. Parking seemed like it would be pretty easy though.
  • This place is very cool. Limited airplane selection, but the real attraction is the hangar itself. The structure is absolutely gigantic. It used to house 6 blimps during WWII. I spoke with the expert there who gives the tours and he was very knowledgeable. I wish the museum or the town would do something to mark the site where Jeff Ethell crashed.
  • tremendous amount of history here. We watched a short film about the history of blimp manufacturing, a longer film about the HINDENBERG, and an even longer film about the Japanese in WW2. All 3 were excellent. So much to see. One of the small planes displayed here was the model John Denver died in, one was the model plane Tom Cruise flew in, in Top Gun, and one giant military transport plane you can go inside. Much more. (Cafe closes for the season around Labor Day.)
  • This place is simply amazing! The staff is super friendly and they offer a military discount.

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