History Takes Flight at Tillamook Air Museum

December 23, 2010 (Updated February 1, 2012)

From many miles away, the gargantuan size draws visitors near. Is it the eleven acres of arched roof? Perhaps the hundred-foot-tall letters boldly printed on its side? Or maybe it’s the a-4 jet perched on a pole to signal that they’ve arrived? Regardless of how they find it, size is: Massive! Enormous! Colossal! Those exclamations and more are on everyone’s lips when they are face to face with the Tillamook Air Museum just off U.S Highway 101.

The museum is housed in the largest freestanding wooden structure in the world, a former blimp hangar. The hangar continues to inspire visitors by its sheer scale. Imagine: three Titanics (yes, the famous cruise liner) or six football fields lined up sideline to sideline could fit inside this mammoth building. Also amazing is the fact that nine other structures like this were built along the coastal perimeter of the United States in the early days of World War II.

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Grant McOmie
Grant McOmie is a Pacific Northwest broadcast journalist, teacher and author who writes and produces stories and special programs about the people, places, outdoor activities and environmental issues of the Pacific Northwest. A fifth generation Oregon native, Grant’s roots run deepest in the central Oregon region near Prineville and Redmond where his family continues to live.