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Spruce Goose Helped in the Design of Big Jets Today

“Spruce Goose Helped in the Design of Big Jets Today” by Joan Y. Edwards

Shutterfly Photos: Click here for pictures of the Spruce Goose and other items in the Evergreen Museum in McMinnville, Oregon.

This huge amphibious plane was built by Howard Hughes in the 1940’s. It was meant to carry troops, vehicles, and supplies. However, when the World War II was over there was no need for it. Therefore, the Spruce Goose (Hercules) took three test taxis on the water, and flew once with McNamara a news reporter and others.

I bought the DVD entitled Howard Hughes and His Flying Boat. In it when McNamara was questioning Hughes during the third taxi test, he mentioned the government. At that Hughes surprised everyone on board by flying it for a mile at an altitude of about 70 feet. They made a few changes to the design. Another prototype was never built. However, many of the designs and implements used in the Spruce Goose helped people design big jets better. This fact has not been broadly acknowledged. Thank you to all who helped build this magnificent flying boat. Thank you to all who are preserving it in the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum.

A poignant movie depicting the life of Howard Hughes is the Aviator. I recommend that you watch this movie. It won five academy awards. It starred Leonardo DiCaprio. It was written by John Logan.

What I think we can learn from Howard Hughes and the Spruce Goose?
Focus on what you want.
Be willing to invest in what you believe in.
Be willing to see things to completion.
Share what you learn with others.
Be accountable for your actions.
Make a plan.
Say “I won’t give up. Just like Flip Flap Floodle.”

If you’re in Oregon, be sure to visit the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in McMinnville.

Thank you for reading my blog. I hope it gives you reasons to feel great about yourself and to keep on going in spite of obstacles in your path.

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Enjoy living…Life is a blessing.

Joan Y. Edwards

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2 Responses

  1. Joan,

    As a writer, seeing things to completion might mean making several test runs. It might mean making changes that lead to a different prototype. We must keep investing in it and believing.

    I am glad The Hercules was preserved and the story behind it. We can all learn from Howard Hughes’ determination and perserverance.

    Thanks for sharing your experiences.

    Linda A.


    • Dear Linda, Thanks for making your intriguing comment. You’re right. Seeing things to completion might mean making different prototypes of the same story. May your prototypes gain the attention of the right editor who has the same passion you have for them. Then they will be published. Hurray Hurray!

      Have a Flip Flap Floodle Day!

      Joan Y. Edwards http://www.joanyedwards.com/FlipFlapFloodle.htm


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