Wednesday, October 21, 2009
The Spruce Goose.
the Spruce Goose The craft was built of wood to determine whether that non-critical material could be used in lieu of metals which were in short supply in the waning years of World War II. The plane's wing span would reach beyond the goal lines on a football field. Hughes designed the Spruce Goose to carry 500 to 700 troops.
Nov. 2, 1947 Hughes climbed into toe pilot's seat and taxied the mammoth plane through to waters off downtown Long Beach. More than 15,000 persons lined the beach to watch. Hughes pushed toe bank of eight throttles forward: The engine's propellers kicked up a frothy saltwater spray on either side of toe broad-bellied bird. The plane slowly picked up speed.