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The Spruce Goose

by John M. White |

My wife is a photographer, and she has been encouraging me over the years to get into taking a lot of photographs. Of course the things I like to photograph the most are airplanes. Along the way she has written a number of articles, one of which was about how to photograph aircraft. In that article she talks about perspective. As we all know airplanes come in many shapes and sizes, and sometimes a photograph doesn't really tell us much about the aircraft, particularly if there is nothing nearby to give it some scale. As I was perusing the news today I came across an interesting article about the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville, OR. My older sister lived in Washington State before she passed away, and so I got to visit the Northwest several times over the years. On one of those trips my wife and I made the journey to the Evergreen Museum, and got to tour the Spruce Goose. It is hard to imagine such an enormous plywood aircraft if you haven't had the chance to visit it. However, as I was looking at the photographs in the article I noticed this one: The Spruce Goose Look closely at the aircraft and, tucked under a massive wing is - a Douglas DC-3! That will give you some idea of the scale of the Spruce Goose! I have about 600 hours in the DC-3, and it was one of the most fun airplanes to fly ever. Of all the aircraft I have ever flown, the DC-3 and J-3 cub have been the most enjoyable. If you get the chance you should stop by the Evergreen Museum if you are ever out in Portland, OR. I assure you that you will be glad you did. Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7 One can get a proper insight into the practice of flying only by actual flying experiments. . . . The manner in which we have to meet the irregularities of the wind, when soaring in the air, can only be learnt by being in the air itself. . . . The only way which leads us to a quick development in human flight is a systematic and energetic practice in actual flying experiments. — Otto Lilienthal, 1896.

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