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Richard Wood helped design and build Howard Hughes' "Spruce Goose," a legendary airplane. A native of Oxford, Nebraska, Wood earned a degree in aeronautical engineering in California, then moved back to Nebraska to learn to fly. After a stint with the Boeing company in Wichita, Kansas he moved to Hughes Aircraft in southern California in 1947. Wood served as a stress analyst on the Spruce Goose, the world's largest airplane. The need for the huge cargo plane disappeared with World War II's end. But Hughes continued work on the plane and piloted its one brief test flight in November 1947.

 

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