Inside The Spruce Goose by bmac62 ()
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Back on the 26th and 29th of September I posted photos of the largest Flying Boat/Sea Plane ever built. It was to be built to ferry US troops across the Atlantic to England when it appeared during 1942 that Hitler's U-Boats might be able to block trans-Atlantic shipping.
Harry (goodoleboy) has also posted photos of this huge plane recently in his gallery.
I was able to photograph the inside of the fuselage from an observation point in the center of the hull...top photo is looking forward toward the nose and the bottom photo is looking rearward toward the tail. 90 plus percent of what you are looking at is made of wood.
The plane flew once in 1946. It never went into production because by 1943-44 allied surface shipping across the Atlantic was unstoppable by enemy submarine warfare.
Image Comments (29)
These are impressive shots, not only for their content but because of the amount of light and clarity you were able to achieve! Man, it was DARK in there! Too bad the exif data is lost on a collage. I bet it's interesting! The 5D was totally worth it. :)
Oh man, you're so lucky to snap shots, and super ones, of the interior of this iconic craft, Bill. No people around to obscure the view, either way, forward or backward. I didn't realize there was such structure on the inside, especially in the top shot. I had intended to shoot the cockpit on my go-around, but that attempt went awry. Nonetheless, cool clarity and lighting in these fotos. And thank you for mentioning my postings of the big bird.
THANKS a LOT for these photos. Great job with the lighting question. These photos really show the immense size of the plane. I wonder how many troops Howard Hughs was expecting this plane to carry? The sheer size of the plane makes me wonder about its weight and how much it really could lift. I'm amazed at the clarity and sharpness of the photos. You are really skilled with a camera! Keep up the good work, Bill! :-)
This is so cool. I especially like the bottom one. It has a vintage science fiction look to it, and makes me think of sketches of an imagined future, drawn in the early 1900s. Beautiful lighting. I love the glow of the wood. I would never have guessed it was wood. It's really interesting to see both directions. Great shots!