VirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4537 posts, RR: 48 Reply 2, posted (11 years 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1747 times:
Yes, built by Hughes (as in Howard Hughes, entrepreneur who became more and more of a recluse as time went by). Its official designation was the HK-1 Hercules, but it was known by its nickname, the Spruce Goose, because it was built of wood. It made one short hop, but never really flew - Hughes was said to be very dissapointed about this. It is now preserved at Long Beach, California, in the USA.
Saintsman From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 2065 posts, RR: 2 Reply 4, posted (11 years 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1631 times:
I remember visiting the Deutche museum in Munich which has a very good aviation section. There were several models of German aircraft from the pre-war era and I seem to recall some large sea planes, one of which may have had 8 engines. In fact I was surprised how many large aircraft they had in that period. Maybe someone has more info?
I can't remember the name of it but in the 1930's the Soviets had a big propaganda aircraft that had 8 motors. It crashed during a filming run when an escorting fighter attempted to loop around the wing and ended up taking the wing off.
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LZ-TLT From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 431 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (11 years 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1268 times:
The aircraft you refer to is the "Maxim Gorky". Designed by Michail Kalinin, it was built in the mid-30's, as discussions emerged about a replacement for the aging(by this time) russian heavy-bomber-fleet consisting still of the old TB-3. The design was nothing spectacular - it looked like a bigger copy of the TB-3 with 3 engines in each wing and two engines on the back of the fuselage arranged in a "push-pull" manner. However, the flight data improvements weren't that big, so the aircraft was reconfigured to a propaganda aircraft. The crash you cite is true. There was a second prototype which did a few flights aftter the crash, but was stored and eventually scrapped shortly afterwards.
Was designed by Tupolev design office in 1934, could carry 72 passengers (plus 8 crew members), cruising speed 200 km/h, maximum speed 245 km/h, wingspan 63 m. The second prototype, ANT-20bis, had redesigned fuselage and wings, more powerful engines (6, not 8), maximum speed 275 km/h, could carry 64 passengers, first flight in 1939.
BTW, Mikhail Kalinin was one of the Soviet high rank leaders in 30's - like almost all of them, except the one, with no real power... but no Russian web site mentions name Mikhail Kalinin as a designer...
LZ-TLT From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 431 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (11 years 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1175 times:
There was also an aircraft designer having the same family name as the well-known Kalinin. I am not 100% sure about his participation in the "Maxim Gorky" project, altough several russian books mention his name. Same with the ANT-25, which(being also Tupolev by name) was an original design of Pavel Sukhoy
RIX From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 1785 posts, RR: 1 Reply 14, posted (11 years 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1165 times:
LZ-TLT, thanks for correction. I can't recall if I heard this name as last time I read a Russian aviation book was definitely more than 10 years ago... About ANT-25 - from the link you provided in another thread (about biggest single-engine prop aircraft) I was amazed to know there were 20 of them delivered! I was sure about like 2 or 3... They were tested with different engines/equipment/... combinations, one of the goals was possible use as long range bombers...
Vc10 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1395 posts, RR: 16 Reply 15, posted (11 years 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1148 times:
I know it is not an 8 engine flying boat, but as others have strayed from the original question ,so I think can I, by mentioning the Saunders Roe Princess Flying Boat
This old girl first flew in 1952, weighed 154 Tons, could carry up to 220 ,but in airline use it seems 105 passengers would have been more normal. Now this aircraft had 6 props and 10 engines, as the outer props only had one engine a piece, where as the other 4 props had two engines [ turbo-props] each. Saunders Roe built 3 aircraft of this type, but none ever entered airline service, and all three were scrapped in 1967