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(History Channel)   On this day in history, in 1947, the Spruce Goose took flight, a feat sadly not repeated by the Oak Owl, the Mesquite Macaw, or the Granite Gannet   (history.com) divider line
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2022-11-02 11:21:52 AM  
How about the Pine Ptarmigan or the Balsa Boobie?
 
2022-11-02 11:38:15 AM  
Gossamer Condor is not pleased with you subby


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2022-11-02 11:38:38 AM  
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2022-11-02 11:38:42 AM  
What of the Tamarind Tit?
 
2022-11-02 11:39:01 AM  
Hughes just needed to see the blueprints.

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2022-11-02 11:39:27 AM  
Show of hands, how many people here learned about the Spruce Goose from this:
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//Seriously, somebody at Hanna Barbera must have been on drugs when they came up with this
//Wasn't terrible as I recall, but it was no The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones
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Sadly that was essentially one of the the last gasps of the old H-B.  It was made in 1987 and Daws Butler died in 1988.
 
2022-11-02 11:42:08 AM  
The Plywood Mosquito is still a thing though.
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2022-11-02 11:45:31 AM  
Granite Gannet, I love you!

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2022-11-02 11:48:09 AM  
What a colossal waste.
 
2022-11-02 11:48:32 AM  
I don't like the gannet. They wet their nests.
 
2022-11-02 11:49:17 AM  

BFletch651: What a colossal waste.


Why do you hate job creators?
 
2022-11-02 11:49:57 AM  
Souther Yellow Pine Sandpiper
Cedar Crow
 
2022-11-02 11:50:14 AM  

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came for this, leaving satisfied
 
2022-11-02 11:51:37 AM  
What about the Led Zeppelin?
 
2022-11-02 11:52:04 AM  

Deus Ex Macguffin: What of the Tamarind Tit?


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2022-11-02 11:56:53 AM  
But the Throbbin' Robin rose to the occasion.
 
2022-11-02 11:58:30 AM  
Imma let you all finish but when you need a bush plane you cannot beat a beaver

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2022-11-02 11:58:50 AM  
Concrete Cormorant
 
2022-11-02 11:59:48 AM  

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...dammit
 
2022-11-02 12:00:41 PM  
Admittedly an impressive bird. Hughes was a hell of a pilot, spokesman, inventor... a trifecta of the vision of a 50s and 60s super-scientist...
 
2022-11-02 12:04:32 PM  
The Custard Bustard.

The Carrot Parrot.

/it's supposed to rhyme, not match initial letters, you tits
 
2022-11-02 12:05:06 PM  

Somaticasual: Admittedly an impressive bird. Hughes was a hell of a pilot, spokesman, inventor... a trifecta of the vision of a 50s and 60s super-scientist...


And even crazier than Elon Musk
 
2022-11-02 12:05:26 PM  

Jumpthruhoops: I don't like the gannet. They wet their nests.


(shakes tiny Python fist)
 
2022-11-02 12:06:16 PM  

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Came here for this - tysm
 
2022-11-02 12:08:26 PM  

pehvbot: The Plywood Mosquito is still a thing though.
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It makes me furious when I see the Mosquito... I turn green and yellow with envy.
 
2022-11-02 12:14:06 PM  
Or even the Spruce Goose.
 
2022-11-02 12:18:07 PM  
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2022-11-02 12:20:04 PM  

Somaticasual: Admittedly an impressive bird. Hughes was a hell of a pilot, spokesman, inventor... a trifecta of the vision of a 50s and 60s super-scientist...


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2022-11-02 12:23:08 PM  

mikaloyd: Somaticasual: Admittedly an impressive bird. Hughes was a hell of a pilot, spokesman, inventor... a trifecta of the vision of a 50s and 60s super-scientist...

And even crazier than Elon Musk


He was an Elon Musk of the time...

Had the opportunity to visit the Evergreen museum some years back and the Spruce Goose is crazy, crazy big.
 
2022-11-02 12:32:40 PM  

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Came for that.
 
2022-11-02 12:40:08 PM  
the thistle dickcissel
 
2022-11-02 12:51:41 PM  
Spruce Goose rhymes with itself. It's not alliterative.
 
2022-11-02 12:57:55 PM  
If you're in the Portland area and have a day to kill, the Evergreen museum is pretty cool. Not just for the Spruce Goose; they have a great collection.
 
2022-11-02 1:29:17 PM  
Wife and I spent a week in the Acapulco Princess suite where he done bout died.  Nice view.
 
2022-11-02 1:32:07 PM  
RIP Wild Goose:
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2022-11-02 1:32:50 PM  
Cedar Cedar Waxwing ?
 
2022-11-02 1:49:28 PM  

Somaticasual: Admittedly an impressive bird. Hughes was a hell of a pilot, spokesman, inventor... a trifecta of the vision of a 50s and 60s super-scientist...


He also designed a bra in the 40s for Jane Russell that led to the "lift and separate" line of bras.   Now that is science!
 
2022-11-02 1:51:01 PM  
Bamboo Booby
 
2022-11-02 1:51:09 PM  

BretMavrik: If you're in the Portland area and have a day to kill, the Evergreen museum is pretty cool. Not just for the Spruce Goose; they have a great collection.


It really is.  And the Evergreen complex has it's own shady history, at least according to local lore, with it's CIA connections.

But the Spruce Goose is amazing.
 
2022-11-02 2:00:48 PM  
Wonder if they could get it in flying shape and have another go at it?  Better engines producing more thrust should get it off the water pretty easily.
 
2022-11-02 2:14:39 PM  

rassleholic: Bamboo Booby


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2022-11-02 2:31:04 PM  

kermit the forg: Show of hands, how many people here learned about the Spruce Goose from this:
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//Seriously, somebody at Hanna Barbera must have been on drugs when they came up with this
//Wasn't terrible as I recall, but it was no The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones
//Sadly that was essentially one of the the last gasps of the old H-B.  It was made in 1987 and Daws Butler died in 1988.


Yep, I'm one of those folks.  Beautiful airplane and an engineering marvel of its time, but I have my doubts that the "flying cargo ship" concept was ever viable.
 
2022-11-02 2:48:42 PM  
It's in a giant building in rural Oregon.

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2022-11-02 2:49:08 PM  
VERY early prototype

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2022-11-02 3:30:34 PM  

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All the people on the right boogaloo?
 
2022-11-02 3:46:21 PM  

BFletch651: What a colossal waste.


It was a one-off experiment.

IIRC when it flew (in ground effect), there were booming sounds heard in the timber of the aircraft.

Hughes set it back down, and I think the overall opinion was "well that's enough of that".
 
2022-11-02 5:09:53 PM  

pehvbot: The Plywood Mosquito is still a thing though.
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My grandfather was a navigator in one of those, night fighter variant.  He didn't talk about his experiences during the war but he got bad PTSD from the smell of diesel exhaust so I assume there's something unpleasant.
 
2022-11-02 5:11:47 PM  

dbrunker: It's in a giant building in rural Oregon.

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Visited there many years ago.  Wonder if they still have the SR-71 there as well?
 
2022-11-02 5:42:38 PM  

buravirgil: Somaticasual: Admittedly an impressive bird. Hughes was a hell of a pilot, spokesman, inventor... a trifecta of the vision of a 50s and 60s super-scientist...

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And he kind of turned into the Elon Musk of his day.
 
2022-11-02 7:07:55 PM  

Lokilaw2012: dbrunker: It's in a giant building in rural Oregon.

Visited there many years ago.  Wonder if they still have the SR-71 there as well?


https://www.evergreenmuseum.org/exhibit/sr-71-blackbird/
 
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