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December 09, 2009


Dave Dubé

Well, at least the Spruce Goose didn't leave a trail of human wreckage behind it.

John Ptak

As you probably know, Dave, this is minor league vs. major league. THe Gorky was just an awful plane, carrying--what was it?--75 people overall at low altitude and slowly, with cumbersome control. Compared to the Gorky the Hughes plane was magnificent--built about 10 years later, it was designed with great superiority, made to carry 750 armed troops and a few tanks over great distances, and criusied 80% faster with a far higher ceiling. And so on.

John Ptak

But someone else with real experience in aviation history (help!) could really sum up the differences between the two.

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