Written By: Hanna Brandt / Curatorial and Marketing Intern
You’ve seen it on top of the Wings and Waves Waterpark and you may have even slid out of its belly, but what exactly is the plane that’s perched atop the park? This Boeing 747 or “Jumbo Jet” flew around the world for Delta Airlines, China Airlines, and Pan Am before being purchased by Evergreen International Airlines and converted into a cargo freighter. It was flown into McMinnville Municipal Airport and towed across the highway in July 2009. The 747 now resides on top of the Evergreen Wings and Waves Waterpark.
The Boeing 747 is one of the most recognizable airliners in the world, but its origins are actually in the military, not commercial flying Boeing entered its design for the 747 in a competition for military cargo aircraft but did not win. However, the design was reintroduced when Pan Am was seeking an airliner that was twice the size of the planes that were normally flown by the company. Originally, it had been assumed that the 747 would soon be replaced by other Boeing jets; therefore, its cockpit was placed three stories above the ground to allow for cargo. However, the airliner maintained a remarkable record of safety and reliability and remained a popular choice for airlines. Now you know a bit more about the Boeing 747, tail number N481EV, aka the Wings & Waves Waterpark plane!