Long delays, congressional hearings and a very short flight: How the Spruce Goose got its nickname

Hollywood film producer Howard Hughes constructed the seaplane, but it only flew once and never served its intended purpose

MCMINNVILLE, Ore. — At 320 feet, from wingtip to wingtip, the Spruce Goose would fill up an entire football field between the end zones.

It was the largest sea plane ever built, a record that stood for decades.

“In order to give you an idea of the size of the aircraft from the inside, I have people take a look down inside the wing.” Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum docent Phil Santucci said while showing off the inside of the plane.

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