The recluse United States' billionaire, Howard Hughes, wasn't a recluse in the 1930's. And among?
GV (B & W) Aircraft in flight over sea)
CU Howard Hughes flying aircraft
GV Howard Hughes flying aircraft (6 shots)
GV Aircraft stationary
GVs Warehouse where plane is kept (3 shots)
GV Queen Mary PAN TO coastline
GV PAN FROM Warehouse TO Glomar Explorer
TRANSCRIPT: DALE: "The reason Hughes flew the plane back then was to prove that it worked. He built it to be a Transatlantic troop carrier for World War Two. The war was over by the time the plane was finished, and Congress bulked at buying the plywood monster. Some even scoffed that it would never fly much ??? be of any use to the armed forces. So Hughes literally flew in the face of the cynics. Spruce Goose was bigger than a 747, at least twice the size of anything that had ever flown before, The Government bought the prototype but never did anything with it. And later he leased the plane back for eight hundred dollars a year. Then he move it to a pier at Long Beach where he built a big grey warehouse around it. For the last fourteen years this is where the Spruce Goose has ???, at a cost to Hughes of 100,000 dollars a year to lease the pier. Long beach threatened to ??? the lease. ARCO wants to ??? a super tanker port here. There was talk of cutting the Spruce Goose into five parts for different museums. There would be plenty of rood at Long Beach next to the Queen Mary but the Harbour Commission has granted a lease extension of at least one year at the present site. There it's likely to stay a bigger over them.
....Hughes' vaunted spy ship the Glomar Explorer which is anchored just a couple of hundred yards away. Kenneth Dale, Long Beach, California."
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This film is serviced with an English commentary by Kenneth Dale.
REPORTER: KENNETH DALE
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Background: The recluse United States' billionaire, Howard Hughes, wasn't a recluse in the 1930's. And among the other things that kept him in the public's eye were his extravagant plans for his "Spruce Goose" -- an all plywood aircraft bigger than the modern day Being 747 Jumbo jet.
He hoped the U.S. Government would contract with his to build the wooden flying monster and use it as a troop carrier during World War Two. Many people didn't believe the Spruce Goose would even fly so Hughes himself took to the controls and proved that it would.
But by then the war was over and the hoped-for troop carrying contract forgotten. Still, the Government bought the prototype and forgot about it.
But Hughes leased it back for 800 U.S. dollars (360 sterling) a year, moved it to a pier in Long Beach, California, and built a warehouse around it. Hughes spent another 100,000 U.S. dollars (44,000 sterling) a year to lease the pier.
But the Atlantic Richfield Oil Company wants to buy the pier and the city of Long Beach had threatened to cancel the lease. Now it has agreed to a one year extension.
Why is Hughes' holding on to the Spruce Goose and spending that money? That's the mystery.