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2011: Jump Out of a Jet In Your Swim Trunks

We appreciate when a large thing has more going for it than just swollen volume, its builders boldly pushing beyond first-level “World’s Largest” thinking.   “We could just create an immense wooden Trojan Horse,” they say, “but let’s build one with strobe light eyes and a go kart track for intestines!”

747 positioned for water slide duties.That same one-step-beyond spark is now firing in McMinnville, Oregon, where the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum has completed the latest phase of its loopy scheme — to transform a mothballed 747 jetliner into the world’s greatest novelty water slide.

The “Wings and Waves” slide will cost a reported $25 million. The jumbo jet — 225 feet long, weighing 320,000 pounds — was lifted by two industrial cranes to a lofty framework that will eventually house a wine bar and a wave pool, among other amenities. When complete in May 2011, water will be pumped up to the roof and through the hollowed-out jetliner, where sliders will sluice through its exit doors into one of four clear plastic tubes that wind their way into a pool over 60 feet below!

It won’t be exactly the same as jumping out of a plane ditched at sea, but we expect that it’ll be a lot more enjoyable.

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Spruce Goose and Space Museum

Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum

500 NE Capt. Michael King Smith Way, McMinnville, OR
Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum. Two miles east of town on Hwy 18/Dayton Bypass. On the north side, across the road from McMinnville Municipal Airport.
Daily 10-5 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Museum $20. Extra $ to tour the Spruce Goose flight deck.
RA Rates:
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2 Responses to “2011: Jump Out of a Jet In Your Swim Trunks”

  1. Robot Greg Says:
    May 10th, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Now THAT is someone thinking correctly! Kudos to them!

  2. ADalton Says:
    May 12th, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    You could get some cool photos of that.

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