Thursday, 11 July 2013

WORLD's LARGEST FLYING BOAT

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The Hughes H-4 Hercules (also known as the "Spruce Goose") is a prototype heavy transport aircraft designed and built by the Hughes Aircraft company. The aircraft made its only flight on November 2, 1947, and the project never advanced beyond the single example produced. Built from wood because of wartime restrictions on the use of aluminum and concerns about weight, its critics nicknamed it the "Spruce Goose", despite its being made almost entirely of birch rather than spruce. The Hercules is the largest flying boat ever built and has the largest wingspan of any aircraft in world. It survives in good condition at the Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville, Oregon, USA.

General characteristics

Cockpit crew: 3
Length: 66.65 m (218 ft 8 in)
Wingspan: 97.54 m (320 ft 11)
Height: 24.18 m (79 ft 4 in)
Loaded weight: 400,000 lb (180,000 kg)

Performance

Cruise speed: 250 mph (407.98 km/h)
Range: 3,000 mi (4,800 km)



HUGHES H-4 HERCULES, US

WORLD's LARGEST FLYING BOAT HUGHES H-4 HERCULES




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