FFF: The Largest Flying Boat Ever Constructed


In 1942, Henry Kaiser and Howard Hughes designed an amphibious plane that is, to this day, the largest plane ever constructed. Originally named the HK-1 to reflect its creator’s namesakes, this massive plane was later dubbed the “Spruce Goose” due to its wooden construction. This flying boat was over five stories high and had a wingspan longer than a football field.

Designed for transatlantic flights, the Spruce Goose only lifted off the ground once in its lifetime. On November 2, 1947 the winged giant miraculously entered the air for a flight approximately one mile in length at an attitude of 70 feet. Although brief, this jump turned skeptics into believers as the 36 passengers inside raced through the air at a speed of 135 miles per hour.

In February of 1993, the aviation icon was disassembled and transported by barge and truck to its current home: The Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum located in McMinnville, Oregon. To read more about this flying marvel click here.

-The Terminal

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