Howard Hughes personal Famous Flights medallion for the Nov. 2, 1947 test of the Flying Boat.

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Howard Hughes personal Famous Flights medallion for the Nov. 2, 1947 test of the Flying Boat.
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75. Howard Hughes personal Famous Flights medallion commemorating the Nov. 2, 1947 test of the Flying Boat. (ca. 1969) Famous Flights series metal coin medalion. The front features a relief image of the Hughes H-4 Hercules "Flying Boat" (Spruce Goose) against an ocean backdrop. The verso bears relief text, "Famous Flights First flight of the giant Hughes flying boat at San Pedro, Calif. Powered by eight 3000 h.p. P&W engines and with a wingspan of 320 ft. it was the world's largest airplane. Pilot: Howard R. Hughes Nov. 2, 1947" and pilot wings and garland graphics. Measures 1.5 in. diameter. Presented in the brown felted 2.25 x 2.75 x 1.5 in. jewelry box. The H-4 would become the plane with which Howard Hughes was most closely associated in the public mind. Intended as a troop transport for use in World War II, the Hercules wasn't completed until 1947 and flew only once. Because of wartime restrictions on aluminum, the plane was constructed entirely of wood-mostly birch-leading the media to dub it the "Spruce Goose". The H-4 remains the largest flying boat ever built and has the second longest wingspan (320 ft. 11 in.) of any plane ever flown. Exhibiting some edge tarnish, light soiling, and faint pitting. In very good condition. From the personal collection of Howard Hughes. $300 - $500