Aeroplane Monthly 1973-07
B.Gunston - Howard Hughes's Amazing Aircraft (3)
Ready to go. The immaculate bulk of the Hercules rides at anchor shortly before its one and only flight.
On November I, 1947, the H-4 came out of the dock in readiness for taxying tests. Hughes is the right-hand figure just visible above the cockpit.
The starboard wing of the Hercules makes the 28-mile journey from Culver City to Terminal Island. The port wing follows in the distance.
Star House Movers used a special cradle to transport the hull, and protected the wind-shield with a framework.
The mating of the wings and hull completed, the Hercules rests in dry dock awaiting attachment of tail surfaces and engines.