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The Hughes Aircraft Company designed and manufactured the H-4 Hercules. Critics named this aircraft the Spruce Goose because of its wood composition. The perception from these two names couldn’t contrast more. We’ll stick with Hercules. Hercules’s 320 feet wing span is the most for any flown aircraft. Hughes prepared the Hercules as a transport carrier between the Atlantic Ocean during World War II. Hercules missed the war. The wartime rations limited aluminum so Hughes built Hercules primarily of birch. In 1947, the aircraft flew for the one and only time. The flight lasted 26 seconds. Maybe Hercules really is the Spruce Goose. Hercules rests at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in Oregon.