That’s the file name where I stuck this picture I took a couple of years ago when we went and saw the Spruce Goose.



Unfortunately I didn’t get to look at this one close up, I took this picture out of the drivers side window of the car as we were leaving.

I have always thought these are cooler than shit.

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      • Yes.
        And it was decades ahead of her time! Without the Horten IX no American stealth bomber would have been built. But while the Horten was flown by one pilot manually, that technological marvel of our time couldn’t fly without a board computer constantly avoiding a crash.
        And in what pitiful state this plane is today:


        • Notwende, you’re forgetting the Northrop flying wings. The first design work was done in 1941 two years before the Hortens pitched their flying wing to the Luftwaffe. The piston engined XB-35 and the jet engined YB-49 proved the concept and it was Northrop and Boeing that won the contract for the B2.

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          • Maybe i don’t know enough in that matter but what I know for sure is that the Horten brothers started to build their first flying wing (the Horten H1 – a glider with exceptional good properties) in 1933.
            The year after followed the Horten H II Habicht which became motorized shortly thereafter.
            1937 followed the Horten H III (also known as Horten Ho 250) of which 13 glider planes were built. One of them reached a peak altitude of 7,000 meters.
            The same year the Horten H V (motorized) was built and its further development was cut short due to the outbreak of WW II in 1939.
            Then a couple of different variations/versions of flying wings were built until another interesting model was built in 1943:
            The Horten H VII V1 which featured two engines aft.
            The same year (1943) the Horten IX had been built.
            So Horten‘s concept of a flying wing actually had a long tradition and within those ten years they were able to gather a lot of experience.
            So, when Northrop presented their own flying wing, Horten had long since built and flown motorized (yes, all of them piston engines up to H IX which had two jet engines) versions.
            And Al, don’t forget „Operation Paperclip“ – the theft of countless patents and inventions committed by the American Forces in 1945 along with the transfer of Germany‘s best brains (engineers, scientists) to the United States.


  1. If you liked that, you’d love the San Diego Air Museum, in Balboa Park.

    NAS North Island still has the ramps and hangars where those big birds roosted.


  2. PBY’s were always reliable, and were the “CADILLAC”, of comfort for Officers when travelling. They were the basis of the “BOAT PLANES”, for civillins also. I flew in obne at Oshkosh one year, landing on Lake Winnibego. You’re so right. They are an awesome bird, and an trophy to those who still own one, and maintain it in flying condition.


  3. The PBY “Catalina!!” To bad it was un-affectionately nick-named the “Dumbo!!” … Back in 1975 at the “Western Conference Parachute Meet” at “Borderlands Airsports Center,” 15 miles east of Chula Vista, CA at the “Otay Lakes” .. Jim MacDonald, the owner, got the Kelly Brothers to bring their “PBY” to Otay for us to Skydive from!!!! We jumped from the hatch on one of the observation Bubbles amidships… We were at 7500′ and I was one of the last jumpers to exit… The plane was pointed into the oncoming westerly upper wind and was “slowed down” pretty good!! When I went over the side I was looking straight down at the other jumpers who left before me!! “What a Trip!! ” ‘Thought I’d “Share a memory!!!”
    Blue Skies,
    skybill….SCR-2034, SCS-680, USPA D-6009.


  4. Skybill, ya beat me to it – PBY Catalina it is. I have a picture of one (or possibly a Russian copy of same) parked at the Peruvian naval museum in Lima.


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