Historian shares the story of Howard Hughes' experimental plane

11/4/2012 | Las Vegas Review-Journal

The nickname "Spruce Goose" may be well-known to many as simply the massive airplane designed by eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes. Aviation historian Bob McCaffery, however, explains that the plane is made from birch, not spruce, and that Hughes believed in the design so much that he put $9 million into finishing the prototype. This year marks the 65th anniversary of the first and only flight of the plane that Hughes called the H-4 Hercules.

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