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    Evergreen Air Museum, Oregon

    An update of the current situation at Evergreen Air Museum which, following a period of uncertainty, seems to be back on its feet under new ownership. The "Spruce Goose" is receiving some internal restoration of the flight deck area with some it being masked off when we visited.

    Spruce Goose - the view to the back of the aircraft and inside the wing root

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    The flight deck. Mr Hughes certainly was a control freak - the co-pilot's position seemed very bare!

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    A couple of shots of one of my favourite exhibits the lovely little CW-22 Falcon

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    Some more including a rare Piasecki "Flying Banana" under restoration.

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    Wow!
    An HRP...I didn't know any survived!
    The grandfather of the Chinook, it was Piasecki's first production type and was fabric covered.

    The museum has several old helicopters (including an early Bell 47 with a fabric covered tail boom...pre-Korean war) most came from the collection/ workshop of a local man.
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    Interesting photos, thanks for posting. Good to see the Auster and Vampire in good condition and on display.

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    yes must must agree most interesting stuff, good to see the big fella is still so complete, thank you for them
    Cheer's all far and WIDE!! , Tally Ho from Phil in Oz!

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    The museum's been on my Bucket List since I was a child purely because of the H-4, but the more I see of the facilities the more I realise there is a lot to see. Thanks for sharing the photos!
    "those who know keep quiet, and those who don't are frowned upon for asking." - snafu

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    Thanks guys. A few more including a lovely GeeBee Sportster D replica -

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    Never found out what this was. No identifying marks at all. Anyone know? -

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    Hard to tell from that angle (you don't get a clear view of door openings) and distance...not to mention scale/size.

    Stinson Reliant?
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    Its really good to see a well preserved Vampire FB52 in a museum.

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    Great shots thanks for sharing! Was lucky enough to get there in 2010 and visited the old blimp Hangar at Tillamook (also the cheese factory!)

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    Thanks for sharing!
    (may go see Evergreen next year )

    I did see the Goose while in LB in 1990.

    Funny to see modern smoke detection equipment in wing of Goose.

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    Originally posted by J Boyle
    Hard to tell from that angle (you don't get a clear view of door openings) and distance...not to mention scale/size.
    Stinson Reliant?
    Don't know if these other shots might help a bit more. There wasn't much to go on at all - the Cleveland plate on the undercarriage leg and the step was quite distinctive - similar but not exactly the same as Stinson Junior.

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    Originally posted by Flying_Pencil
    Funny to see modern smoke detection equipment in wing of Goose.
    Don't blame them - there's an awful lot of wood there!
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    The gear doesn't quite match, but the squared horizontal stabilizer and fin shape are big clues.
    Perhaps a Curtiss Robin?
    It looks too small to be a Travel Air 6000.

    The small wheels it's sitting on don't do it any favours.
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    Fairchild Argus?

    Lovely pics by the way Mothminor!
    Armchair enthusiast, but also a fan of sofas and recliners.

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    Actually no, not an Argus - the u/c attachments are all wrong!
    Armchair enthusiast, but also a fan of sofas and recliners.

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    Thanks for the replies and suggestions, J Boyle and Tin Triangle, and apologies for the delayed reply! I'm still inclined to think Stinson but only based on the step. Should really have taken the time to pop back in and ask but we were heading back to the car at that point!

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    Since I posted my comment I was looking through a Stinson book, and I did find a similar step on the SM-8 Junior.
    While the fin looks correct for that model because of its balanced rudder, the horizontal stabilizer is far too square on the museum's aircraft.

    In addition to the leg-mounted step, Stinsons also featured a fuselage mounted set usually seen on the Reliant series.

    Knowing that aircraft of this class frequently had modifications done over the years to suit specific needs (like the recently correctly restored Curtiss Sedan that spent decades hauling skydive and thus had all manor of indignities forced upon it), I'd urge caution about relying too much on the step as an ID point.

    I think the shape and location of the door openings will be the key to identifying it.
    Last edited by J Boyle; 13th November 2017 at 23:57.
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    Not being sure what the Curtiss Sedan looked like I did a quick search and found a photo of one at Evergreen a few years back. I'm fairly certain it is the airframe now outside the museum.The rudder and wing attachment points have been removed but the other ID points seem correct though the step is hidden by one of the tyres. From the little info I could find it seems to have been put up for sale by the museum in 2013. It's a real pity to see it languishing outdoors - hopefully this is only a temporary arrangement.

    Photo on this website - http://www.rodbearden.com/Av09/Everg...Sedan%201.html

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