Posted on May 26, 2017
Steve GarfeinRotarian Steve shared a preview of what those participating in the upcoming Spruce Goose tour in McMinnville, OR will get to see. Steve’s interest in Howard Hughes stems from his experience working at Hughes Aircraft on the Apache Helicopter project. While he didn’t ever meet Hughes, his project was directly affected by Hughes’ micromanagement. Steve explained that the use of composites on the Spruce Goose (which is not really made of Spruce wood) led to the use of com posites on the Apache. Steve has written a screenplay about Hughes life following his catastrophic crash in Beverly Hills . He described the only Spruce Goose flight. It was not intended to fly, but lifted off as it sped along the water because of the massive thrust of its eight powerful engines. Only the skill of Hughes’ copilot prevented a crash landing.