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Spruce Goose

The Spruce Goose or Hughes H4 Hercules as it was originally named was built by the Aero Telemetry aerial effects team for the movie The Aviator. It would be slightly larger than 1/16 scale to the original, spanning almost 25 feet and weigh in at over 200 pounds. It featured eight counter-rotating, gear-reduced electric motors. 

Its primary mission would be to take off from the Pacific Ocean and fly in a manner that would allow The Aviator camera crew to film a recreation of the original flight. The Aero Telemetry Spruce Goose would be flown from the Long Beach Harbor in the exact location where Howard Hughes once flew his beloved airplane almost 60 years ago to the day.

 

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