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Photos: A ride in the 'Spruce Goose'

Reporter Daniel Terdiman climbs inside Howard Hughes' boondoggle, the Spruce Goose.

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Dan in Spruce Goose

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.

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Front of the plane

Viewed from its left side, the front of the Spruce Goose dominates everything around it at the Evergreen Aviation Museum.

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Pilot's instruments

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.

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Wing

The wing of the Spruce was so large that there's a door leading to its interior.

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Large Spruce Goose

At the Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville, Ore., Howard Hughes' famous Spruce Goose appears to be markedly bigger than everything else around it.

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Spruce Goose tail

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.

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Cockpit

The cockpit of the Spruce Goose had seating for about 20 people, the plane's crew of 10 and a backup crew.

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Troop transporter

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.

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Left wing

Viewed from inside the cockpit, the Spruce Goose's left wing seems to go on forever.

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DC-3 dwarfed

The Evergreen Aviation Museum is home to 70 aircraft. Here, the Spruce Goose dwarfs a DC-3.

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