A visit to the Tillamook Air Museum is like taking a step back in time – almost literally. Housed inside one of the nation’s last remaining World War II blimp hangars, this world renowned museum features rare wartime and aviation artifacts and meticulously restored vintage aircraft, many of which are still airworthy!
You’ll even have a chance to see what life as a jet pilot was like by sitting in the cockpit of a vintage aircraft trainer. As if the jaw dropping planes aren’t enough, photos, first-hand documentations and authentic uniforms will draw you into a world that is long past but never forgotten. Experience first-hand engines from aviation’s heyday, and learn about and see the tools and machines used at the time to deliver helium to the airships. Get a full history of the blimp hangars’ role during WWII in the Tillamook Air museum’s free theater.
Not only do the planes, photographs, medals and trinkets that surround you tell their stories, but the hangar itself that houses it all also has a story to tell. Built in 1943 by the US Navy for Naval Air Station Tillamook, the hangar, known as Hangar B, is 1,072 feet long and 296 feet wide, covering over six acres. It stands 192 feet tall and was one of two hangars built on the site (Hangar A burned down in 1992). It is one of the largest wooden structures in the world that is still standing today.
After you’ve toured the museum, don’t forget about the 1950’s themed Air Base Café serving hamburgers and milkshakes in vintage fashion. Then browse the gift shop and take home your very own Belanca Aircruiser model or P-51 Mustang keychain. The Tillamook Air Museum is an experience you’ll never forget, and one you can’t have anywhere but on the Tillamook Coast. So whether you’re young, or just young at heart, you’ll understand why the Tillamook Air Museum is a “don’t miss” destination.
The Tillamook Air Museum is open daily from
10 a.m. to 5 p.m and the Café is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.