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Straighten Up and Fly Right

Straighten Up and Fly Right

…. song written by Nat King Cole

 Where does it start?  Where it always starts…….…Something wood!  About 20 years ago, Jan was scouring one of the local auction houses in Victoria and stumbled across a lovely old woodie airplane propeller.  Not being able to pass up such a find, he placed an absentee bid of $500.  He lost 🙁  So sad; Shelley be glad 😉

A few years later, a close friend mentioned to Jan that a local antique store was going out of business and he’d noticed a great find on sale.  A wood airplane propeller for $200; do I need to tell you it was the same darn propellor.  SOLD!  It hangs in the shop office.

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The Spruce Goose should be the Birch Goose

Jan and I were desperate for a good road trip, and having the best of friends in the high-prairie region of Oregon made this easy.  Bill and Rosie flew into Portland and we looped around the state from middle to coast; north to Astoria and back through wine country; ending up in Bend.

If your travels take you to the Oregon Wine Country, South of Portland, just outside of McMinnville, you should allocate several hours to tour the Evergreen Aviation Museum. The collection and displays are prodigious and include the well known “Spruce Goose” which was built and then flown by Howard Hughes, although “flown” is a generous term in this case. Many other vintage aircraft from both WWI and WWII are on display with thorough interpretive information and docents very eager to enhance your experience. And with an itch to view this mammoth flying boat, we stopped to visit. As a footnote, for families, an indoor water park, with slides coming out of a real Boeing 747, provide a welcome distraction for children.

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