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Howard Hughes' Spruce Goose Takes Flight

(3) tv-14

Howard Hughes' Spruce Goose Takes Flight

(3 min) tv-14

On November 2, 1947, in live coverage from aboard the world's largest aircraft, Los Angeles' KLAC reporter James McNamara describes the first and only flight of Hughes' Flying Boat, dubbed the "Spruce Goose" because it was constructed entirely of wood. McNamara, who thought the plane would only be running taxi tests, expresses his surprise when the craft briefly becomes airborne.