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Air Museum’s press release on moving the Air Museum

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Posted: Thursday, April 4, 2013 9:20 am | Updated: 9:22 am, Thu Apr 4, 2013.

The following press release, dated April 3, was delivered to the Headlight Herald the afternoon of April 3 by Mike Oliver, manager of the Tillamook Air Museum. It is printed here in its entirety.

“April 3, 2013

“Tillamook, Oregon

“Erickson Aero Tanker, a related entity to Erickson Group,. Ltd., who owns the Tillamook Air Museum, recently purchased an air-tanker operation based in Madras Oregon. Erickson Aero Tanker operates three DC7 air-tankers and is developing an MD87 new generation air-tanker with plans to operate a fleet of at least seven tankers for global aerial firefighting.

“As a result, Erickson announced today that it does not intend to renew its lease with the Port of Tillamook Bay at the expiration of the parties lease in January 2016. The World War II blimp hangar currently houses both the Erickson vintage aircraft collection and aircraft on loan to the Port of Tillamook from the US Navy.

“Museum General Manager, Michael Oliver commented; ‘It will be business as usual for us this year, though we do expect some changes as we work with the Port during this transitional period. Our Madras operation offers both an opportunity to locate our vintage aircraft collection to a more conducive climate with a skilled workforce capable of maintaining these unique and valuable aircraft into the future.’

“Construction on a new 65,000 square foot hanger will start this summer. This facility along with an existing 22,000 square foot facility will support the modification and maintenance of the aerial tanker fleet, with storage for, and eventual display of the vintage aircraft collection started by Jack Erickson in 1983.

“The Erickson Group, Ltd. Is a family holding company owned by Jack Erickson. This family business was founded in 1937 in forest products and presently has business interests in aviation, investments and commercial real estate.”


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  • twinrocks posted at 10:26 pm on Thu, Apr 4, 2013.

    twinrocks Posts: 199

    I can understand the Madras move and drier air for the planes. A new facility will look nicer than the blimp hangar (although I like the hangar except for the rust). I hope in the meantime they clean that nasty looking stuff off the airplane they use on the highway, what a disgrace that is. Then when they leave I hope they are required to take down the lettering on the hangar roof rather than leave it there.

  • coaststeve posted at 9:11 pm on Thu, Apr 4, 2013.

    coaststeve Posts: 1136

    Give it up Jerry? Just imagine how much this county and the Port would have been if you would have given it up years ago.

  • Jerry posted at 5:55 pm on Thu, Apr 4, 2013.

    Jerry Posts: 195

    coaststeve, if you are who I think you are, why don't you give it up.

  • coaststeve posted at 3:59 pm on Thu, Apr 4, 2013.

    coaststeve Posts: 1136

    Thank you Port Commissioners. We didn't need those silly tourist and their money anyway.

  • Back2Reality posted at 1:29 pm on Thu, Apr 4, 2013.

    Back2Reality Posts: 222

    Can't say as I blame them one bit.. I wish I could sell my house and go too! I am sure this air is bad on the planes and this area is so depressed with the lack of any family touristy fun.. why would you stay here when given the opportunity to go to Central Oregon?

  • Citizenguy posted at 11:28 am on Thu, Apr 4, 2013.

    Citizenguy Posts: 18

    That is one poorly written press release.
    They "buried the lead."
    The key point is that Mr. Erickson's vintage airplane collection will be move to Madras in 2016.
    The rest of the information is fill-in.

  • Wildfire posted at 11:18 am on Thu, Apr 4, 2013.

    Wildfire Posts: 206

    Wow..... I'm assigning blame to the lackluster leadership at the port during the last 15 or more years. Seriously, lets look at even the recent history! They tried to attract new commercial businesses but didn't even have the proper infrastructure in place to do so! That's a dismal failure when you really think about it.

    Oh but I guess allowing more "lottery" hunts out there with the base herd is progress enough right? That will bring the tourists in! Nothing like seeing a bunch of bloodthirsty rednecks chase a bunch of elk with pickup trucks.


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