Dubbed a flying boat, the Spruce Goose has a 320-foot wing span and floats that allow it to land on water. The plane was made almost entirely of birch wood — a material that was not crucial to the war effort.
The Aero Club of Southern California acquired the aircraft and put the Spruce Goose on display in a hangar. In 1992, the Spruce Goose was sold to Evergreen International Aviation. The plane was transported to McMinnville in pieces by truck and barge by Emmert International and restored by a team of experts.