The Spruce Goose Lands

ID: SIA2012-0951

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: November 2, 1947

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 2, Folder: March 1975

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Summary

The H-4, known as "The Spruce Goose," lands off the coast of California on November 2, 1947. The famed seaplane was built by Howard Hughes. It was completed in 1946 and cost an astonishing $23 million. The plane was built during World War II, and was the largest seaplane ever made. Its wing span was 320 feet long, and it could carry around 700 passengers. The plane was completed after the war but was never put into production.

Subject

  • Hughes, Howard 1905-1976
  • Hughes Aircraft Company

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 371, Box 2, Folder: March 1975

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu

Date

November 2, 1947

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Topic

  • Airplanes
  • Flights
  • Aeronautics
  • Seaplanes
  • Hughes Flying-boat (Seaplane)
  • Aeronautics--Flights

Form/Genre

  • Photographic print
  • Other

ID Number

SIA2012-0951

Physical description

Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Other; Medium: Photographic print

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