When Ernest Borgnine passed recently it lead me to read the Wikipedia entry for McHale's Navy. In it I was intrigued to see that the actual patrol boat used for some scenes had previously been owned by Howard Hughs and had been a chase boat during the one and only flight of the Spruce Goose.
Today I happened across a web page about the Spruce Goose with this photo. I suspect that is what was to become, PT-73 with the Spruce Goose.
I really need to get to Portland, Oregon's Evergreen Museum and see this plane.