Hughes Kaiser JRK-1 Hercules

The Hughes Kaiser JRK-1 Hercules (also known as the "Spruce Goose") is a strategic airlift flying boat designed and built by the Hughes Aircraft Company. Intended as a transatlantic flight transport for use during World War II, it was not completed in time to be used in the war. The aircraft made its first flight November 2, 1947.

Its enormous hold and capability to lift heavy loads made the US Navy order 24 aircraft in 1947 and a further 48 of the JRK-2 model in 1949.

Despite its enormous size the Hercules was easy to fly and much beloved by its aircrew. The US Navy JRKs remained in service untiol 1958.

The Hercules was also sold to the RAF and the Norwegian Air Force.

Last updated: 27/08/2016