Evergreen Museum unveils a tribute to Gen. Merrill 'Tony' McPeak's military service

McMINNVILLE — A new exhibit honoring the 37-year military service of four-star U.S. Air Force General Merril A. "Tony" McPeak opened in late September at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum.SUBMITTED PHOTO - Gen. Merrill A. 'Tony' McPeak talks with 16-year-old John Bales during a recent event at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum. Bales received a personal aviation lesson on the F-100 Super Sabre from McPeak; it's the same model of aircraft the general flew during the Vietnam War.

The exhibit honors McPeak, a Lake Oswego resident and Oregon native, who served as a fighter pilot in the Vietnam War and Air Force Chief of Staff from 1990 to 1994 when he advised both Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

McPeak made a financial contribution to the museum along with a variety of personal items for the exhibit, including his pilot's jacket and the general's uniform that he redesigned to be less ornate during his time as Air Force Chief of Staff.

McPeak joined Evergreen Museum staff and board members for a private event Sept. 22 where the new exhibit was unveiled. He took a moment to talk about the items he donated, explain features of the F-100 to a young docent and answered questions during a Q&A session with museum curator Terry Juran.

Juran and McPeak discussed topics ranging from McPeak's time with the USAF Thunderbird Air Demonstration Squadron, the "Misty Missions" he flew in Vietnam and his role on the Joint Chiefs of Staff during Operation Desert Storm.

The new exhibit is a permanent fixture at the Evergreen Museum, sitting just below the historic Spruce Goose. The museum is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. Admission is $27 for adults, $24 for seniors and $19 for children ages 5-16.

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