Hughes H-4 Hercules "Spruce Goose"
    The Spruce Goose is the largest airplane ever built and probably the most prodigious aviation project of all time.  It was conceived early in World War II to provide the means to transport troops and supplies across the submarine-infested waters of the Atlantic Ocean.  
     It was the idea of Henry Kaiser, famous for the production of liberty ships.  It was originally  designated the HK-1 (Hughes/Kaiser), but when Henry Kaiser withdrew from the project, it was redesignated the H-4 Hercules.  It was constructed by Howard Hughes and his staff.  It was a massive task, one plagued with engineering problems.
   The Spruce Goose was completed too late to participate in the war.  On November 2, 1947, Howard Hughes and a small engineering crew fired up the R-4360 engines for taxi tests.  Howard Hughes was at the controls and began a high speed taxi.  He thrilled thousands of on-lookers with an unannounced flight. The Flying Boat lifted 70 feet off the water, and flew one mile in less than a minute at a top speed of 80 miles per hour before making a perfect landing.  There was no longer a need for the plane, so Hughes locked in a hanger for many years. 
      It was on display at Long Beach, California as part of the Queen Mary Complex, but recently moved to Evergreen Aviation Museum at McMinnville, Oregon.

Hughes H-4 Hercules "Spruce Goose"

Hughes Spruce Goose
Standard Series model.  1/200th scale.  19.25" wingspan x 13.25" long.
  No. ABX6D-ST  Only $159.95
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