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Pearson Field and Pearson Air Museum

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Pearson Field and Pearson Air Museum

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1115 E 5th St, Vancouver, WA 98661-3802
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Vancouver Station31 min
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Half Day Portland And Columbia Gorge Jet-Boat Adventure
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Half Day Portland And Columbia Gorge Jet-Boat Adventure

Ride the Explorer Jet-boat from Portland to the Columbia Gorge as we embark into the Heart of the Columbia Gorge to search for the illusive creature known as Bigfoot. See the Landmarks that make the Northwest Famous, while listening to live and recorded narration about the history of the Columbia Gorge and Bigfoot's presence in the Northwest. Enjoy content created by Animal Planets "Finding Bigfoot" Star, Cliff Barackman.<br><br>This half-day adventure includes 3.5 hours of cruise time.<br><br>This is a covered Jet Boat, dress for the weather, you will not get rained on as it is covered. Please be prepared with a sweatshirt or jacket, as it can be cooler in the morning. Feel free to bring a lunch, snacks or drinks. There is no food available onboard. There is a restroom onboard.
$69.75 per adult
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Nostalgiyeah wrote a review Nov 2020
Bellevue, Washington1,415 contributions130 helpful votes
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This free-for-all museum does a good job of shining light on the history of aviation in the Pacific Northwest. I wouldn't term the number of planes on display expansive - there were only four aircrafts on display, still the museum has enough to keep you engaged, especially if you are an aviation or military enthusiast. The main hall is home to some interesting aircrafts, like a Curtiss "Pusher" used for air mail deliveries and a DH-4 Liberty, which was used in the First World War. More interesting were the exhibits which systematically told the story of establishment of Pearson Field and history of aviation in this area. It was fascinating to learn that the first interstate mail flight in the country, piloted by Walter Edwards landed at Pearson Field. I definitely did not know about the contribution of Pacific Northwest lumber for making planes during World War! Probably the most interesting display, for me, was the details about the first trans-polar flight (over the North Pole) from Moscow to Vancouver in 1937! The series of exhibits about this historic feat was excellently done, with details about the pilots, their planning, actual flight and the landing in Vancouver. There was a small memorial to this flight just outside the museum as well. The self-guided tour makes it convenient to explore the museum at your own pace.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Dave B wrote a review Mar 2020
Vancouver, Washington75 contributions24 helpful votes
The Pearson Air Museum is a "must-see" for anyone interested in aviation history generally or its local history, which is extensive. Do you know who Valery Chkalov is, or that the first trans-polar flight was from Moscow, Russia to Vancouver, WA? Chkalov achieved several milestones in aviation. In 1936 and 1937, he participated in several ultra long flights, including a 63-hour flight from Moscow, Soviet Union to Vancouver, Washington, United States via the North Pole in a Tupolev ANT-25 airplane (18–20 June 1937), a non-stop distance of 8,811 kilometres (5,475 mi). The flight pioneered the polar air route from Europe to the American Pacific Coast. The displays are well done, interestingly arranged and easy to see. It turns the history of the Fort Vancouver area into a bustling, thriving point of interest in your mind. Well worth a stop to check it out.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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mostly_happy_camper wrote a review Jan 2020
New York City198 contributions55 helpful votes
Self-guided tour contains incredibly informative histories and photos recording the history of this field, one of the oldest continually operating airfields in the US. Good film too. While only a handful, the planes make the visit perfect. You get an introduction not only to the men and women who played a part in early aviation history, but also to the contributions that the Pacific Northwest made to the allies in WWI. Free and well worth visiting.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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RJ748 wrote a review Dec 2019
Grass Valley, California500 contributions165 helpful votes
Located at the scenic Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, this little gem of a museum is open to the public. There is no fee to visit, although donations are welcomed. We were greeted by a friendly, helpful ranger, and there was a docent on site to answer any questions we had while touring the museum. The focus was on planes and aviation in the early 1900's and during WWI. There are a few planes inside the museum, and the walls are lined with photos and descriptions of people and events from "The Golden Age of Flight." There is also a small theater where you can view a video about the pioneering aviators who are a part of Pearson Field's history. This is a good way to spend a couple of hours. The Fort Vancouver site also offers tours of some of the historic buildings on the property, and the pretty grounds are worth a visit.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Kenneth F wrote a review Sep 2019
Vancouver, Washington, United States7 contributions
Vancouver has a historical past in aviation, from a maned flight from the USSR over the Pacific ocean to world war history of aviation. Many reconstructed planes in pride of place.
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Date of experience: November 2018
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