Hughes H-4 Hercules (Spruce Goose)

@ Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, McMinnville, OR

May 2014

This was my second visit to the Evergreen collection, and fortunately there were no major changes resulting from the shutdown of Evergreen International Aviation.  Only one of these mammoth aircraft were built and it only flew once in Long Beach harbor.  The Hercules is the largest flying boat ever built and has the largest wingspan of any aircraft in history. In 1992, the Evergreen Museum won the bid to provide a new home for this aircraft with a proposal to build a museum around the aircraft and feature it as a central exhibit.  The disassembly of the aircraft began in August 1992 and sent by ship up the Pacific Ocean, Columbia River, and Willamette River to Dayton where it was transferred to trucks and driven to McMinnville.  It arrived in February 1993 where it went through eight years of detailed restoration.  Nikon D7000, processing with Photomatix Pro and Photoshop Elements.

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