Radio-controlled Spruce Goose
January 22, 2011

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Barrett Hochaus built a radio-controlled model of Howard Hughes giant Flying Boat, popularly known as the Spruce Goose, with a wing span of nearly ten feet. It is powered by four electric motors. Despite its large size, it wieghs less than seven pounds. It made its maiden flight at the Gilbert Rodeo Grounds on Saturday, January 22, 2011.

See the location where I photographed the Radio-controlled Spruce Goose model at the Gilbert Rodeo Grounds on January 22, 2011 in Google Earth.

Spruce Goose Model, January 22, 2011 The large model is hand launched.

Spruce Goose Model, January 22, 2011

Spruce Goose Model, January 22, 2011

Spruce Goose Model, January 22, 2011

Spruce Goose Model, January 22, 2011 After three circuits of the field, Barrett brings it in for a landing.

Spruce Goose Model, January 22, 2011 Barrett decided to wave off the first landing attempt and went around for another try.

Spruce Goose Model, January 22, 2011

Spruce Goose Model, January 22, 2011 Just a moment before touch down.

Spruce Goose Model, January 22, 2011 Barrett Hochaus displays his model of the Spruce Goose.

Spruce Goose Model, January 22, 2011 Barrett Hochaus and his model of the Spruce Goose.

Spruce Goose Model, January 22, 2011 Barrett will fly his model of the Spruce Goose at the Arizona Electric Festival at Superstition Airpark on January 28 and 29.

Another member of the audience shot video of the flight.



Howard Hughes' Flying Boat at Long Beach harbor Howard Hughes' giant flying boat, the HK-1 Hercules, also known as the Spruce Goose, was moved from its hangar to a temporary onshore site in October 1980,

Hughes Flying Boat move to Pier J in February 1982 It was then moved to its former display location on Pier J in Long Beach in February 1982.




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Howard Hughes' giant Flying Boat, the Spruce Goose, floated out of the hangar it resided inside for thirty-three years into Los Angeles Harbor on October 29, 1980. It took two days to pick it up with Herman the German and place it on land for temporary storage. On February 10, 1982, it was lifted onto a barge for transportation to the geodesic dome where it was displayed to the public for eleven years.

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