largest airplane ever built
known as the Hughes Flying Boat, the popular name
of "Spruce Goose" was not only despised
by the aircraft's builder, Howard
Hughes, but was also a misnomer. Most of the
huge plane is actually made of birch, with only
small amounts of poplar, balsa, and spruce.
Conceived as a personnel and materiel carrier,
the Hughes Flying Boat was designed to fly
transatlantic to avoid World
War II German submarines, but the war ended
before the plane was finished. It flew only one
time, on November 2, 1947, in Long Beach Harbor,
California, for a total distance of about 3,000
||319 feet 11 inches
||218 feet 8 inches
||79 feet 4 inches
||Crew of 18 plus 750
The "Spruce Goose"
now resides in a specially-built hangar at the Evergreen
Aviation Museum, in McMinnville, Oregon.
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