was the largest aircraft ever built. It cost $23 million. It took so long to build
that the Second World War, for which it was intended, had ended before it was
'Spruce Goose' was designed by iconic billionaire inventor and movie mogul, Howard
Hughes, who piloted today's flight.
plane was designed to carry 700 men into battle. It had a wingspan of 320 feet,
and 8 propellers.
The term 'Spruce Goose' was a term mockingly introduced by Hughes opponents, it
was actually called the H-4.
had demanded that the plane fly to justify its expense. Hughes managed to get
it to fly 70 feet above the water for a mile before bringing it down safely.
kept the plane in a climate controlled environment until his death, in 1976.