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Howard Hughes and the Spruce Goose : the story of the HK-1 Hercules

Author: Graham M Simons
Publisher: Barnsley, South Yorkshire [UK] : Pen and Sword Aviation, 2014.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Howard Hughes' life ambition was to make a significant contribution to the field of aviation development. But the monumental folly of his endeavours on the H-KI Hercules meant that he came to be known and remembered to a great extent for all the wrong reasons. The 'Spruce Goose' (a name Hughes detested) became a product of his wild fixation on perfection and scale. Once completed, it was the largest flying machine  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Named Person: Howard Hughes
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Graham M Simons
ISBN: 1473839491 9781473839496
OCLC Number: 916530088
Description: 1 online resource (256 pages) : illustrations
Responsibility: Graham M. Simons.

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Howard Hughes' life ambition was to make a significant contribution to the field of aviation development. But the monumental folly of his endeavours on the H-KI Hercules meant that he came to be known and remembered to a great extent for all the wrong reasons. The 'Spruce Goose' (a name Hughes detested) became a product of his wild fixation on perfection and scale. Once completed, it was the largest flying machine ever built. Its wingspan of 320 feet remains the largest in history. Yet it only completed one flight; flying for a mile on its maiden voyage above Long Beach Harbour, before being consigned to the history books as a failure.

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