During Road trip 2006, CNET News.com reporter Daniel Terdiman grabs the yoke of the Spruce Goose--Howard Hughes' famous World War II-era wood behemoth of an airplane--at the Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville, Ore.
Viewed from its left side, the front of the Spruce Goose dominates everything around it at the Evergreen Aviation Museum.
The pilot of the Spruce Goose had dozens upon dozens of instruments to control while flying. The co-pilot, on the other hand, had very few, as he was not certified to fly the plane.
The wing of the Spruce was so large that there's a door leading to its interior.
At the Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville, Ore., Howard Hughes' famous Spruce Goose appears to be markedly bigger than everything else around it.
The Spruce Goose's tail is 80 feet tall. That's 10 feet higher than the maximum altitude the plane reached during its one and only flight.
The cockpit of the Spruce Goose had seating for about 20 people, the plane's crew of 10 and a backup crew.
The Spruce Goose was designed as a World War II troop transporter and could hold 750 soldiers. However, it was not finished until two years after the war ended.
Viewed from inside the cockpit, the Spruce Goose's left wing seems to go on forever.
The Evergreen Aviation Museum is home to 70 aircraft. Here, the Spruce Goose dwarfs a DC-3.