By Philip Jaeger, Director of Operations
I hope some of you joined me for our 2nd Annual Loose Goose Fly-Out Hot Air Balloon Rally on August 22 and 23. It was amazing watching the burners throwing flames five feet in the air and the balloons slowly waking up and righting themselves, the pilots jumping in and taking off into the morning sky.
What surprises me every time we host this event is the noise of the burners. It almost sounds like a fighter jet’s after burner. But it’s even more impressive when the balloons are floating right over you and you can hardly even hear them.
This year’s event was better than last year’s because we had a total of 16 hot air balloons rather than just 12. There was hardly any wind on Sunday, which meant the balloons just hovered over the Museums. One even floated right between the IMAX and the Aviation Museum.
We had Explore Northwest here filming on Saturday Night, so expect to see a link to that episode here on the blog in another month or so. They got some great shots of the night glow on Saturday.
I would also like to thank our sponsors, Pepsi, Blue Star Gas, and the Red Lion Hotel in McMinnville, who helped us pull off a great event.
I hope to see you all next year at the 3rd Annual Loose Goose Fly-Out Hot Air Balloon Rally!
By Phil Jaeger, Director of Operations
Welcome to the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum Blog. I began writing this to keep people informed about the fun things that happen every week at the Museum. I want to say I was forced into doing this by our marketing and PR department, but it did not take much arm twisting.
I hope to publish a new blog every week, but I might not be the only contributor. I ask you to help improve EASM’s blog by posting your comments, both positive and negative, so we can improve and grow.
This week, I received a phone call from the 160th SOAR group in Washington State. They needed to do a training flight and thought we were just about the right distance from their home base in Fort Lewis. This group had recently returned from Afghanistan, and was eager to spend what is known as their Annual History Day (a day they use to review military history) with us at the Museum. Luckily, our director of education (Larry Wood, retired Marine) was not preoccupied with teaching school children and was able to give them a tour. They returned the favor by giving us a tour of their helicopter, the MH-47.
We also had a drop in from a couple of OH-58 Kiowa Warriers from Fort Lewis as well. Based off of a Bell 206 JetRanger, the OH-58 adds a masthead target sighting system and its own weapons system. It demonstrated quite the punch from such a small helicopter.
We really appreciate all the helicopters flying down and the troops answering all of our questions. We salute all of those in service to our country as well and thank them for the jobs they do.
Next week’s blog: “Hot Air Rises”
By Phil Jaeger, Director of Operations
I traveled to many museums this summer on my vacation, and I can say without a doubt our volunteers are the best anywhere.
The reason why I think we have the best volunteers relates to a blog I have been reading that discuses Museums 2.0, which is a comparison of Web 1.0 and 2.0 to museums http://museumtwo.blogspot.com/2006/12/what-is-museum-20.html.
What are the concepts Web 1.0 or 2.0? If you look at Web 1.0, you are in a passive user mode where the content is placed there and you merely read it. Web 2.0 is based on participation; in other words, a user generates, shares and interacts with the Web site.
Currently there is a movement to transition museums from a 1.0 experience to a 2.0. I would argue that our Museum has always been there. You might wonder how that is? Our docents make the difference.
Although we have the typical reader boards next to the artifacts, please take the time to talk to our volunteer docents. They will give you the Museum 2.0 experience. Most of them have served or worked with the aircraft on display, some have even flown it. By talking to these individuals, I have been taken to the skies over Vietnam, to the daylight bombing over Germany, or to the landing of a Corsair on an aircraft carrier.
In closing, we are always looking for more volunteers to bolster our already incredible group. Whether it is on the weekends in the Museum, at night with our events crew, or during the week in our restoration hangar, there is a spot for you.