World’s Biggest Plane Makes First Flight – Spruce Goose (Dec, 1947)
World’s Biggest Plane Makes First Flight – Spruce Goose
View forward on flight deck of 400,000-lb. flying boat shows upper level of nose. In back- ground Hughes discusses plans for taxi test with flight engineer and radio operator.
The biggest airplane in the world, Howard Hughes’ huge flying boat, has taken to the air at last. Hughes himself, shown above at the controls, unexpectedly lifted the big ship between 70 and 80 feet in the air during a taxi test in Los Angeles harbor.
Workmen dwarfed by huge center section of $25,000,000 plane give idea of vast size. Its wing span is 320 feet; length, 219 feet. Plane hit 100 m.p.h, during first test.