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Hughes H-4 Hercules ("Spruce Goose")
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Hughes H-4 Hercules (
Actually made mostly of birch, this baby made just one short
test flight piloted by Howard Hughes himself.

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Posted by kluv42 at 12:04 pm (PDT) on Sun March 19, 2017   
This plane now lives at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville, OR.

I used to live about 20 miles away from there, and went to the museum several times.

The Spruce Goose (originally a derogatory name that Hughes hated, btw) is fully re-assembled inside this gigantic building that was built just for the purpose.  Underneath her massive wings, many other vintage aircraft are displayed, including an SR-71 Blackbird (fastest jet ever built), a Ford Trimotor (first airliner), a 3/4 scale model of the Wright Flyer, and many others.  The Goose is so huge that she looks like a mother bird gathering all these other air marvels beneath her.

In a room off to the side, they show a movie documentary about the Goose, her history, and the massive move/rebuild project. 

It's quite a display!

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