One of my favorite scenes from the 2004 movie The Aviator is the one where eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes (played by actor Leonardo DiCaprio) takes his ginormous H-4 "Hercules" flying boat into California's Long Beach Harbor for a "taxi test."
Instead (against a backdrop of appropriately dramatic music), Hughes pushes the throttles for the airplane's eight engines all the way to their stops, lifting the so-called "Spruce Goose" up into its only flight - and into aviation history as the biggest airplane to ever fly.
This was a reenactment of a real event - which took place in 1947. As a history buff and aviation nut, the one-and-only flight of the 320-foot-wingspan Hughes airplane is a moment I would've loved to have been present for.
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