Posted by Word Camel on August 15, 2002
In Reply to: Getting loose and 'spruced' posted by ESC on August 15, 2002
Howard Hughes "flying boat" was nicknamed "Spruce Goose" after and angry senator dubbed it "the flying lumber yard." The plane was originally conceived as a low-cost way to create aircraft for the war effort. It was constucted entirely of wood (some spruce but mainly birch) and is still the largest aircraft ever built. Unfortunately it took so long to construct it wasn't finished until after the war. It flew once and is now in a museum.