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Rick
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2008 5:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

well worth a visit by the looks of it!

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Location: Laoag City, Philippines

PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2008 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw the "Spruce Goose" about 5 years ago at the Evergreen Aviation Museum, McMinnville, Orgegon (www.sprucegoose.org). Fantastic aircraft, 8 engines and a 320 foot wingspan!!!!. One of the interesting fun facts is that the term "Spruce Goose" was coined by the press. The aircraft is mostly made of Duramold which is laminated layers of birch (not spruce) veneer glued together under heat and pressure. Apparently the plywood is so strong that if a piece of Duramold is broken it does not split on the glue lines. Another fun fact was that several tons of small nails were used to form the wooden pieces to create the the flying boat, once the glue had set workers removed every nail.
If you are in the area this is really well worth seeing. They also have a 1926 Ford 5-AT-B 9Tri-motor) aircraft there, these in their day were called the Tin Gooses. A nice touch is the fact they also have a Staughton bus that was used to transport passengers to and from the Tri-motor.
Have added some photographs, unfortunately it was difficult to photograph the "Spruce Goose" and this does not give the impression of the massive size of it.

Dave Foster
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