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Hughes H-4 Hercules (33 pics)

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The Hughes H-4 Hercules is a prototype heavy transport aircraft designed and built by the Hughes Aircraft company. The aircraft made its first and 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 it 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 history. It survives in good condition at the Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville, Oregon, USA.

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№1 Author: polo (7 Nov 2012 03:51) Total user comments: 174


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I went there once! They don't really let you see much of it though.
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№2 Author: Jimmy Johnson (7 Nov 2012 04:41) Total user comments: 5518


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Kind of dumb, really. It's pointless in design, purpose, and execution.
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№3 Author: styopa (7 Nov 2012 05:44) Total user comments: 959


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It's not "dumb" at all. It was designed in 1942, when German U boats were sinking tragic numbers of supply ships in the Atlantic - so there was a desperate need for something that could carry critical cargo across the Atlantic.
First, it pioneered the use of laminate construction (due to contract requirements that it couldn't use much metal), and could (allegedly) carry 30 tons.

That's remarkable for a plane with 1940-tech.
So it was absolutely brilliant in design, narrow in purpose, and cleverly executed. Pretty much the opposite of what you thought.
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№4 Author: miscellaneous (7 Nov 2012 06:02) Total user comments: 4179


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bring back the luxury flying boats ... and zeppelins for that matter
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№5 Author: adzhoe (7 Nov 2012 06:59) Total user comments: 14959


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like to see that
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№6 Author: Jimmy Johnson (7 Nov 2012 08:04) Total user comments: 5518


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styopa -

You do realize wood fatigue is a huge problem with load-bearing structures such as bridges, let alone a plane that must carry that load through the air, take off and land in water. Permanent wood bridges are typically over-built to solve this problem. Flexing tears wood fibers apart, like how a skateboard is stiff new and weakens over time. Laminating technology was still in it's infancy in the 1940's.

The addition of waterproof adhesives in laminates would have made the birch wood designed to carry the equivalent load far heavier than aluminum. Aircraft-grade water-proof adhesives and sealers don't simply air-dry, they also catalyze, meaning there is no evaporation. It's practically like pouring water onto the wood. Wood adhesive in laminates today account for about 60% - 70% of the weight in engineered products like oriented strand board.

A heavier plane designed to carry heavy cargo requires more fuel. Fuel is also heavy. A typical trans-atlantic carrier like a Boeing 777 airliner has 16, 300 gallons of fuel. That's about 68 tons of fuel. And then it's supposed to carry 30 tons, plus it's own weight? Using a wood airplane? Seriously?

The fact it was flown only once and never used to carry any cargo should say something about it's efficacy. This project was undertaken by Hughes because he thought he knew better: that his ego would somehow compensate for his idiocy.

I work in an industry using laminates. Laminates are only light when they are thin like carbon fiber. Carbon fiber has flexion and extension resistance, not load-bearing qualities. At least Hitler's moronic Zeppelin actually made it to commercial production and some practical use.
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№7 Author: mahedi (7 Nov 2012 09:21) Total user comments: 10772


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WOOW, its huge. Good job 04
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№8 Author: mee (7 Nov 2012 13:30) Total user comments: 374


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Dreams come true when men believe them. 12
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№9 Author: Rey (7 Nov 2012 14:24) Total user comments: 62


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it was in one of Leverage episodes :)
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№10 Author: trob6975 (7 Nov 2012 14:32) Total user comments: 104


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I saw it when they had it in Long Beach Harbor next to the Queen Mary...Looks totally f'd up now that its in Oregon sharing such a small hanger with all those other planes.
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№11 Author: alexhost (7 Nov 2012 15:28) Total user comments: 116


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aviator... movie where di caprio earned my respect... great movie
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№12 Author: Lu (7 Nov 2012 19:54) Total user comments: 15082


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Impressive, but useless. Pity. 02
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