Thankfully, the town has another redeeming quality. It is home to what was once Naval Air Station Tillamook. The history is quite fascinating, but you can find it all over the internet. The quick story is the navy needed a home for K-Class blimps, so they built several bases on each coast of the U.S. with Tillamook being one of the lucky towns.
When I was growing up, there were two blimp hangars out at the air base, sadly hangar two was lost to a fire. Hangar one became home to one of the most unique Air Museums in the U.S. Unfortunately, many people don't know the story of the K-Class blimps, the bases that were constructed, or that today one of them houses an impressive collection of historic aircraft. One of the more interesting features of this museum is that many of the aircraft are still flown. As a kid growing up it was not unusual to see old WWII planes flying overhead, made for lots of staring up at the sky.
If your ever in the Portland, Oregon area, your only an hour away from Tillamook. Take the time to go out and visit the museum.
|Tillamook Air Museum|
|An old target practice drone|
|A shot from inside the hangar|