Saturday, July 18, 2015

Retro Saturday: The Spruce Goose


Click the arrow to watch the film. Video source: Aero-News Network YouTube channel.

This week's Retro Saturday is a nine-minute 2009 documentary by Aero News Network about the design and history of the Spruce Goose.

(A couple brief commercials are embedded in the video.)

Howard Hughes hated the nickname “Spruce Goose.” Its formal name was the Hercules H-4.

Although Hughes invested a great deal of his own money to make the plane seaworthy, he was harassed in 1947 by Senator Ralph Brewster (R-ME), who accused Hughes of taking government money but failing to deliver the plane. Hughes accused Brewster of having a financial interest in Pan American World Airways, an airline company that sought a merger with Hughes' Trans World Airlines. Although the government no longer had a need for the plane, Hughes flew it once later that year in Long Beach Harbor to prove the plane worked.

The Spruce Goose is currently on display at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville, Oregon.

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