Category Archives: Aviation History

The Spruce Goose

Today November 2nd, 2017 I spent the morning helping set up for the 32nd Annual London Bridge Seaplane Classic at Windsor beach in Lake Havasu City, AZ. It’s a fun event put on each year by the Desert Hawks RC Club which focuses on yes, you guessed it seaplanes.

Once I returned home and had a bite to eat I sat down at my computer and opened up my email to find an email from The History Channels newsletter called “This Day in History” and the title of the lead story and the picture associated with it really caught my eye.

There it was right in front of me the worlds LARGEST ever aircraft and yes it’s a seaplane or flying boat. I think most of you reading this post know the story of Howard Hughes and Hughes Aircraft Company, in any case, if you’d like to the read the full story and watch the video about this and other events that took place this day in history you can click on the image above which will open in a new window (sorry about the ad in the video, but hey it’s really short).

The video below also tells the story in a little more detail.

As mentioned in the story on the history channel the Spruce Goose is now housed at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in McMinnville, Oregon. You can visit their website “Here” and if you ever get the chance to visit the museum itself I guarantee you won’t be disappointed. I’ve visited it twice myself and am planning another visit this coming summer. For now, you may find this video tour on YouTube interesting.

At this point, you might ask, “Is there an RC model of the Spruce Goose”? And of course, the answer is yes. Below is a video of one such model.

I hope you enjoyed this little adventure into aviation history and if you’d like to see more posts like this one please let me know in the comments below.

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