“Hosted in the Largest Wooden structure in the world”
In 1942, the U.S. Navy began construction of 17 wooden hangars to house the K-class blimps being used for anti-submarine coast patrol and convoy escort. Two of these hangars were built at the Naval Air Station Tilllamook, commissioned in December 1942 to serve the Oregon-Washington coastal area.
Construction of the two hangars was rushed to completion. Hangar "B" was the first one built and was completed in August of 1943. Hangar "A" which was destroyed in a 1992 fire, was completed in only 27 days. Amazingly, there were no serious injuries or deaths on the whole project.
Stationed at NAS Tillamook was Squadron ZP-33 with a complement of eight K-ships. The K-ships were 252 feet long and filled with 425,000 cu. ft. of helium. With a range of 2,000 miles and an ability to stay aloft for three days, they were well suited for coast patrol and convoy escort. Naval Air Station Tillamook was decommissioned in 1948.
Fun to see, but a little chilly in November. Self guided tour. We spent about 45 minutes looking through the museum. A mini movie to start the tour is interesting to see.
See one of America's finest collection of over 30 War Birds including our P-38 Lightning, F4U-Corsair, P51-Mustang, PBY Catalina, and SBD Dauntless dive bomber. Climb into a jet simulator! Have lunch at our 40/50's Cafe. Enjoy shopping in our aviation gift shop. All housed in a rare World War II Blimp Hangar...the largest wooden structure in the world!
Nothing to see. Only a dozen worn out hulks.
Go see this while you can. The Museum is planning on moving to Madras, Oregon, because the sea air is bad for the airplanes.
The building alone is worth the visit.
For the price, it is cool. Certainly better than 12 rusted out hulks and there is much history here. My 6yr old was exactly thrilled, but even she thought the old planes were cool up close. It's a convenient little side stop that if inclined, you should indulge
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