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Hughes Flying Boat


It was built from 1942 to 1947 at a cost of $18,000,000 of federal money. It flew once for just over a mile at an altitude of 70 feet on a taxi test by Howard Hughes himself and proving that the plane could fly.

 Type Cargo Aircraft Prototype
 First Flight November 2, 1947
 Wingspan 319 ft 11 in
 Length 218 ft, 8 in
 Height 79 ft 4 in
 Empty Weight 300,000 lbs
 Gross Weight 400,000 lbs
 Normal Crew 18
 Capacity 750 troops or 2 Sherman tanks
Last modified: Mon, 09 Jun 2003


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