The documentary movie "Air Racers 3D" was released about a year ago. It was just after the crash at the Reno races in which my friend's brother was killed. They were at the races together with their parents when the plane went into the ground just behind their box seats. The debris passed over my friend, his wife, and father who were all seated, but his brother was standing and the debris passed through him. It was a traumatic and terrible event.
The movie played briefly at the IMAX theater near my house, but I was unable to carve out time in my schedule to see it. As a gift to myself I decided to make the trek to Evergreen Air and Space Museum to see the movie and take in the museum.
The museum was created by the Evergreen International Aviation Company. Most recently this is the company that coordinated the 747 LCF, and the 747 fire suppressant tankers. Early in their history they were recognized as Air America.
When I was last there, it was a single large building housing the HK-1 (nee H-4) Hercules and a chaos of other planes squeezed in where there was space. The campus has since been expanded to four buildings . Most prominent of the new buildings is the one furthest to the west with a 747 mounted on top with water slides protruding from the sides. Next in line is the original building that still houses the spruce goose, then the IMAX theater, and finally on the east end is the space building.
|SR-71 and J-58 engine|
|Rocket Engine and Control Ring|
We arrived at the museum just in time for the movie to begin. The movie is short, only about 40ish minutes. I may be aviation biased, but of all the 3-D movies I have seen, the is the first that really works to add to the story-telling and immersing the viewer into the story. We ended up flying for three and a half hours to see a 40 minute movie, but the flight, movie, and museum were quite enjoyable. Any of the activities alone would have made for a good day. Sandra, my wife, also watched the feature on Lewis and Clark, and came back disappointed she had not insisted our kids go with her.
|Mt St Helens|
My oldest son had hiked to the top of Mt Si earlier this week during his spring break.
We were home in time for a nice meal at a local restaurant, and over dinner everyone agreed it had been a great day.