Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum

I spent 5 hours here and only made it through about half of what they have to offer. From the web page:

With displays ranging from the elegant aeronautic designs of two unknown bike mechanics – Orville and Wilbur Wright – to an actual Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird that can fly at speeds of over 2,000 miles per hour – the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum located in McMinnville, Oregon, has a little something for everyone.

The centerpiece of these aeronautic breakthroughs is the original Spruce Goose. Built entirely of wood due to wartime restrictions on metals, this massive airplane stands as a symbol of American industry during World War II.

Founded in the memory of Captain Michael King Smith, our exhibits celebrate the lives of innovators, pilots, and veterans who courageously pioneered flight in these remarkable machines. Plan a visit and learn more about the museum as you immerse yourself in history with our ever-expanding attractions and amenities.

I’m planning on going back to check out the space section, the commercial flight section, and the firearms section.  If there is still time after that, I’ll explore the water park, but I’m definitely going back at least one more time.

The biggest photographic challenges are managing to isolate your subject from the plethora of extra subjects (who will show up in the before and / or after shots) and exposure compensation.  Much of the time, shooting in doors I needed a -1/3 EV, while outside I needed as much as -2 EV just to keep from blowing out the sky.

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