(messi88) "Spruce Goose" of Howard Hughes

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The "Spruce Goose" is now in the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in Oregon.

Photo by Dana Jensen

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Mark1962 on February 28, 2009

I am still wondering why the Dome is still there...just for Posterity???

Bob Ama on March 29, 2009

WOW, what a picture!

Agios Fonasontas on March 30, 2009


Greetings from agios

Ralf_G. on August 5, 2009

Hi, I have seen and admired the Spruce Goose (only from the outside) at its former place in Long Beach (CA), in 1984 when I was an 18-year-old boy. We made a wonderful 4-week-trip around California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona ...

I still remember the following details from the given explanations: The Spruce Goose was intended as a trans-Atlantic transporter for troops and tanks in WW2, but the project was too gigantic to be finished successfully in time (and even in larger numbers ...). And the plane was made mainly from Spruce wood to avoid detection by radar - a kind of early stealth technology for such a huge object!

I think this photo has achieved so many views because the Spruce Goose is such a fascinating modern legend, like the landing on the moon. And of course many more millions of people have come to know about it by seeing the movie "The Aviator" (Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, 2004) ...

Here is a great video (almost 3 minutes, partially with on-board-camera, watch it in FULL SIZE!) of an RC model of the Spruce Goose (RC = radio controlled). The model has a wingspan of 4 meters (the length of a compact car!), and of course its flying abilities are MUCH better than those of the original, due to its weight / motor-power relation. The video is hosted by www.rcmovie.de, a wonderful German platform for videos of RC models. - Enjoy it!!!

Best regards from Neuss, Germany (near Duesseldorf) - Ralf

Ralf_G. on August 5, 2009

Addition: And here's a second video of the same model (almost 4 minutes) ...

This time it starts and lands on land - unlike the original - for greater flexibility (to be shown on RC model events). I think this video shows the majestic appearance of the model and the original even better! - The model weighs about 14 kilograms with 4 meters wingspan, this is a great demonstration of what is possible with electric-driven models nowadays. (You can hear the electric engines during the flight.)

And it just came back to my memory that we were told in 1984 that the Spruce Goose (official name: Hughes H-4) has the double wingspan of a Boeing 747 Jumbo-Jet! (The wingspan of the B-747 in its different versions goes from 60 to nearly 70 meters, and the wingspan of the Airbus A-380 with its 2 decks is almost 80 meters.)

Regards once more, Ralf

©polytropos on August 5, 2009
  • Ralf, thank you very much for your complementary explanations.
  • Did you made this model in the video? Very interesting records, especially with the on-bord camera.
  • Best regards from Switzerland.
Ralf_G. on August 6, 2009

Oooh no, polytropos 8-D ... I'm just interested in a lot of subjects, my memory works still well, and I'm good at combining aspects / ideas. As you see on the video-platform, the videos and the model plane were made by someone called Steffen Pohl, aged 50, in East Germany.

I'm watching the videos on rcmovie.de from time to time, but I am flying just for fun with some inexpensive ready-to-fly toy planes, the X-twins. You can have a look at this German fan-page ...

Best regards from Germany (Neuss near Duesseldorf), Ralf

©polytropos on August 7, 2009
  • Oh, I didn't know that you own the flying license!
  • Parachuting is a thing I didn't do yet. But I'd like to do it once.
©polytropos on September 23, 2009

Well, there are some other options where no kind of flying licences are required and the contact to all kind of people is guaranted ...

©Würmer on September 24, 2009

Well, there are some "other options"...

I expect --or hope, rather-- you were thinking of the fellow behind, not in front of the camera ?!? ...right, Polly??? ;-)

...and the contact to 'ALL kinds of people' has never had a chance to get on my list of priorities -- rather the opposite !?!

©polytropos on September 24, 2009

Hm, ich kann nur deinen vorherigen Kommentar nicht mehr lesen. Hast du ihn gelöscht?

©Würmer on September 24, 2009

Hast du ihn gelöscht?

richtig, Polly, gewöhnlich bemühe ich mich 'zu Persönliches' wieder zu löschen... (man ist zu leicht verleitet "zu viel" zu sagen -- was man nicht unbedingt in alle Welt posaunen und auf ewig gespeichert und von Suchmaschinen auffindbar wissen möchte).

©polytropos on June 14, 2013

The Spruce Goose now is in the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in Oregon.
Photo by Dana Jensen

mirakel 7 days ago

Geil das erinnert fast an eine "DO 88" wenn ich mich noch recht erinnere

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