Howard Hughes' giant Flying Boat - Popularly known as the Spruce Goose, Page 2


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Captain Michael King Smith Evergreen Aviation Educational Institute The Hughes Flying Boat is now on display at the Evergreen Aviation Museum.

By February 1982, the dome intended to house the Hughes Flying Boat was ready. The Flying Boat was lifted onto a barge and floated around the harbor to be put on public display.



Howard Hughes' Flying Boat awaits lifting by Heman the German Late at night on February 10, 1982, the Hughes Flying Boat is prepared to be lifted from its temporary storage location onto a barge for transfer to its display location on Pier J.

Howard Hughes' Flying Boat hanging from Herman the German Herman the German has lifted Howard Hughes' Flying Boat off of its support trucks.

Howard Hughes' Flying Boat hanging from Herman the German The Hughes Flying Boat hangs from the cables of Herman the German over the harbor in a light drizzle. Later that night, a barge was maneuvered into position and the Hughes Flying Boat was placed on it to be floated to Pier J.

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Howard Hughes' Flying Boat is barged to its new hangar The Hughes Flying Boat is barged across the harbor to its new display location on the morning of February 11, 1982.

Howard Hughes' Flying Boat is barged to its new hangar

Howard Hughes' Flying Boat is barged to its new hangar The wing of the Hughes Flying Boat is as long as a football field.

Howard Hughes' Flying Boat is barged to its new hangar

The Hughes Flying Boat is being carefully maneuvered into position The Hughes Flying Boat has been turned around and is being carefully maneuvered into position to line up with the ramp leading into the dome.

Howard Hughes' Flying Boat is moved into its new hangar Howard Hughes' Flying Boat is moved into its new hangar.

Howard Hughes' Flying Boat is moved into its new hangar The Hughes Flying Boat is rolled backwards into the dome on Pier J.

The Hughes Flying Boat, seen here on May 22, 1983, spent a decade on display to the public, illuminated by a multi-colored light show. It was accompanied by a replica of the HR-1 racing plane, and a Howard Hughes look-alike wandered around the dome, greeting visitors.

Close-up of the cockpit of the Hughes Flying Boat, which was accessible by a raised platform assembled adjacent to the plane.

Eight 17-foot diameter propellors powered the Hughes Flying Boat.

The view of the interior of the aft end of the Hughes Flying Boat resembles the set of the old Time Tunnel tv series.

On August 10, 1992, disassembly of the airplane was begun for its transportation to another new home in Oregon. By September 9, 1992, the propellers, engines, tail cone, pontoons, wing fairings and tips, elevators, rudder, and ailerons have been removed from Hughes Flying Boat. Blue sunlight from an opening in the dome illuminates one side of the airplane.

Large portable light stands were installed to provide light for the disassembly of the Hughes Flying Boat.

Seen here bereft of its moving surfaces, the Hughes Flying Boat would shortly have its wings and stabilizers removed.

For several years the Hughes Flying Boat remained disassembled in a shelter in Oregon, awaiting the opening of the The Captain Michael King Smith Evergreen Aviation Educational Institute. Photo courtesy Richard Freeman

The components of the Flying Boat were transported to the new museum site in September of 2000. It has been reassembled and is now on display. It has received a new coat of silver paint, so it looks like it did when it made its only flight.


Howard Hughes Flying Boat "Spruce Goose" Page 1 Go to Page 1 of Hughes Flying Boat pictures to review the extraction of the Flying Boat from its hangar in 1980.


Captain Michael King Smith Evergreen Aviation Educational Institute The Hughes Flying Boat is now on display at the Evergreen Aviation Museum.

Giant Flying Boats

  First Flight Wing Span Length Wing Area Gross Weight Engines
Saunders Roe Princess

1952

219ft,06in

148ft,00in

5,250

330,000

10 x 3,500 hp Proteus
Hughes Flying Boat

1947

320ft,00in

218ft,06in

11,430

300,000

8 x 3,500hp R4360
Blohm und Voss BV-238

1945

197ft,05in

142ft,8in

3,930

176,400

6 x BMW 801
Martin JRM Mars

1942

200ft,00in

117ft,00in

3,683

144,000

4 x 2,000 hp R3350
Blohm und Voss BV-222

1940

150ft,11in

120ft

2,744

108,000

6 x 1,000 hp BMW-Bramo Fafnir 323R
Martin PBM Mariner

1939

118ft,00in

79ft,00in

1,408

41,000

2 x 1,700 hp R2800
Boeing 314

1938

152ft,00in

106ft,00in

2,607

82,000

4 x 1,200 hp R2600
Convair PB2Y Coronado

1937

115ft,00in

79ft,00in

1,780

63,000

4 x 1,000 hp R1830


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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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Radio-controlled Spruce Goose Model, January 22, 2011 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.


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