Spruce Goose by bmac62 ()
Largest seaplane ever built and all out of birch and spruce wood.
Builder: Howard Hughes.
Location: Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, McMinnville, Oregon.
Got a number of shots inside but went back after dark and took this shot through the huge museum windows.
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Just to set the record straight: The engines on this seaplane are called Wasp Majors and are the largest, most powerful Pratt and Whitney piston engines produced. They represent the culmination of P&W piston engine technology. Each engine has 28 cylinders and produced more 3,000 horsepower. If they were started incorrectly, all 56 spark plugs became fouled. It took mechanics hours to remove, clean and reinstall them all. The propellers are 17 feet in diameter. The engines may appear small compared to the massive wings but they were the largest of the day (1944-1947).
When you consider how eccentric the man, just goes to show he was also very resourceful. Great idea to visit it in the darker environs Bill. Night shooting always presents a very different view of the world. Would love to paint this with light :)