Is The Spruce Goose?
Spruce Goose (real name, "Hercules") was the largest plane
in the world in the early 1940's, built by a plane that was built
aviation expert Howard Hughes. It was designed, during World
War II with the purpose of being able to carry 750 troops.
to land and take off from the water, was built of wood, since
other valuable resources (like steel) were
being consumed for the war effort. Building the plane of wood
led to many functionality problems. The project took years to
complete, the war had ended, and government funding for the project
had dried up. Hughes spent $7 million of his own money to complete
the plane even though critics said it would never make it into
the media over the costly Hercules venture led to them nicknaming
it the "Spruce Goose." The name, unfortunately for Hughes, stuck.
The Spruce Goose was 218 feet long and 79 feet high.
It's wingspan was an amazing 319 feet.
a visionary who saw media criticism as a challenge. Even though
the plane (and future ones like it) was no longer needed (since
the war was over), Hughes found it to be a personal challenge
to complete the project...
2, 1947, Hughes personally piloted the Spruce Goose to show the
world it could, indeed, fly. Media, critics, and an interested
at Long Beach, California for the event. For one minute, the
plane lifted up off of the water and flew 70 feet into the air
at a distance of one mile. It was the first and last flight the
plane would ever take.
Goose, prominently featured in the movie "The Aviator," now resides
at the Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville, Oregon. Guests
paying $11 can see the plane up close and even go inside of it.
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