Hunting Down the Spruce Goose


    I missed my chance to see the worlds largest seaplane when it sat in southern California years ago.  It’s been very elusive to the public since its test flight back on November 2nd, 1947. Out of the public eye for 33 years and then went again missing while it was disassembled and reconstructed in Oregon.   I’m happy to hear it’s found a permanent home on the West Coast.

    Now its my time to seek out the mighty “Spruce Goose, or Flying Boat, the HK-1”.  The “hunting down” only meant typing the address into the GPS screen.  Took about a minute and I’m heading to McMinnville, Oregon.  

     I don’t think any of my pictures accurately show the scale of this airplane.  Its mind-blowing huge.  The wings, OMG the wings are unbelievable.   The other thing that struck me was the overall incredible craftsmanship and the birch woodwork.   It makes you wonder and think with a bit of pride that this was actually made in America.  With no use of valuable war-time materials or man-power resources.  Could americans still create prototypes like this today?

     There are plenty of WW2 docents to chat with whom I created a minor stir when I commented about the Douglas DC3 under the left wing.  “It looks like the plane in the final scene of Casablanca” I said.  The docents huddled and even made a phone call before they came back to me to say “No…we think that it was a Lockheed in the movie”.  I couldn’t help but thank them over and over for that great piece of fact-finding research.  Great guys (mostly men that day) and all very knowledgeable.

    The Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum is growing and they have wow… a lot of acerage to make it happen.  Kudos to them for putting together a great place to take the family. I’ve loved the National Space and Air Museums in Washington DC and this place is on that scale.  Go there, bring the family.