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    Default Re: Spruce Goose question

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    ...HK-1/H-4 at Long Beach (not surrounded by a bunch of other airplanes)...

    31 Oct 1980...the morning after the move to the bank out of the Long Beach waterfront hangar...

    ...after Feb 1982...inside the Dome next to the Queen Mary...

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    Default Re: Spruce Goose question

    Most of my exposure to this airplane was while it was in storage, under plastic tarps in Oregon.. It was almost heartbreaking seeing the enormous creation that was once the apple of Howard Hughes' eye! Then disassembled barely safe from the elements... It was truly "Howard would roll over in his grave" stuff. There were a bunch of people working in the trenches to ensure that the airplane found a secure home. And it did!

    There's some stuff on the site regarding my involvement..

    As far as I'm concerned, the airplane was machine art! The woodwork deep in the barely visible places, as well as EVERYWHERE is beyond belief!

    I have a piece of the material that was used in the construction.. it is barely thicker than aluminum skin but is six or seven laminations of wood! Just amazing stuff.

    I could go on forever about this airplane!
    Wayne Sagar
    "Pusher of Electrons"

  3. #13

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    Quote Originally Posted by AAFO_WSagar View Post
    Most of my exposure to this airplane was while it was in storage, under plastic tarps in Oregon.. It was almost heartbreaking seeing the enormous creation that was once the apple of Howard Hughes' eye! Then disassembled barely safe from the elements... It was truly "Howard would roll over in his grave" stuff. There were a bunch of people working in the trenches to ensure that the airplane found a secure home. And it did!

    There's some stuff on the site regarding my involvement..

    As far as I'm concerned, the airplane was machine art! The woodwork deep in the barely visible places, as well as EVERYWHERE is beyond belief!

    I have a piece of the material that was used in the construction.. it is barely thicker than aluminum skin but is six or seven laminations of wood! Just amazing stuff.

    I could go on forever about this airplane!
    PLEASE DO !! Love hearing about it.

  4. #14

    Default Re: Spruce Goose question

    Y'know.. I have a different Spruce Goose question.

    When they took that hangar apart there was (I think) nothing holding it up forward of where the plane's wings were. Anybody got pics of how that hangar was constructed?

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    Default Re: Spruce Goose question

    Geodesic dome if I remember. With all the interlocking triangles you can remove a lot of the structure and the rest will hold it. Within reason of course. I haven't looked at any photos to see if they place some type of lintel over the opening but I doubt it.

  6. #16

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    October 1980, The first glimpse of the HK-1/H-4 since the 1940s (Los Angeles Times photo).

    Partially disassembled the building to get it out, then stored in the open on the bank near the original location while the geodesic dome was built.

    Floated across the harbor by barge to the unfinished Dome in 1982 where it remained until Evergreen moved it to Oregon in 1992.

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    Default Re: Spruce Goose question

    Timing being everything, when I went to see the airplane in the dome, they were in process of getting her disassembled and out of there and I missed being able to get inside by less than a day..

    Subsequently I got to crawl all over the airplane when it was in "storage" up here in the "great white north".. LOL1
    Wayne Sagar
    "Pusher of Electrons"

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    Default Re: Spruce Goose question

    Quote Originally Posted by sledge39 View Post
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    October 1980, The first glimpse of the HK-1/H-4 since the 1940s (Los Angeles Times photo).

    Partially disassembled the building to get it out, then stored in the open on the bank near the original location while the geodesic dome was built.

    Floated across the harbor by barge to the unfinished Dome in 1982 where it remained until Evergreen moved it to Oregon in 1992.

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    Was it soaking 33 years in water ?

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    Default Re: Spruce Goose question

    Dry docked in a climate controlled hangar. The whole Culver City area where it was is slowly sinking (all the oil pumped out years ago) and it was getting harder and harder to keep it safe (hangar settling) so sooner or later it was going to have to move. I recall a story that they had a failure of something on a cofferdam and it floated up and the tail bumped the roof many years ago.

    We can thank Hughes being more than a little eccentric for the survival of the HK-1, any other wooden plane would have long ago rotted away if not for the care he took.

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    A piece of the cat walk from inside the wing of the Spruce Goose.

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