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the largest airplane ever built
Officially 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 feet.
The "Spruce Goose" now resides in a specially-built hangar at the Evergreen Aviation Museum, in McMinnville, Oregon.
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