The Evergreen Aviation Museum hosted a 1940s themed hangar dance on September 24. Attendees traveled back in time, to the famous Culver City hangar where the final touches were put on the “Spruce Goose” prior to its one and only flight.
Special guests included the only three surviving “Spruce Goose” flight crew who all had crucial roles during the famous Nov. 2, 1947 flight. They were Johnny Glenn, Vic Leonard and Don Smith. Glenn served as the auxiliary power unit operator, Vic Leonard served as a mechanic and Don Smith manned the engineer station.
As guests arrived in their vintage 1940s costumes, including “Rosie the Riveter,” “Howard Hughes” and vintage uniforms, the David Cooley Band, of Portland, provided the atmospheric big band sounds. Highlights of the evening included dinner and dancing, museum gallery tours, and the unveiling of the new “Culver City Hangar” movie set featured in the Academy Award nominated film “The Aviator.”
The Evergreen Aviation Museum, near McMinnville, Ore., is best known as the home of the world’s largest wooden airplane, the “Spruce Goose,” as well as an SR-71 Blackbird, Grumman F6F-3 Hellcat and the Titan II SLV Missile. In addition, there are more than 60 historic aircraft and exhibits on display, along with artwork, traveling displays, the newly remodeled Spruce Goose Café and the museum store.
For more information, visit [http://www.sprucegoose.org].