This Week in Business History
Episode 21

Episode Summary

“It’s widely acknowledged that despite the folly that many have coined the Spruce Goose – – the aircraft project led to breakthroughs in design & technology that had a big ripple effect throughout the aviation industry in the decades that followed. Some of the technologies pioneered by Hughes & his team would be leveraged in the 747 Jumbo Jet and the C-5 Galaxy aircraft – – amongst others”

-Scott Luton, Host, This Week in Business History

 

On this episode, host Scott W. Luton details some of the background info on the story of the H-4 Hercules, also known as the “Spruce Goose” and the “Flying Lumberyard”, a project led by the legendary Howard Hughes. Scott also touches on other historical items related to Air Cargo, Chemistry (Scott’s worst subject in school), the relationship between Adidas and Puma & much more.

Episode Transcript

Scott Luton (00:12):

Good morning, Scott Luton here with you on this edition of this week in business history. Welcome to today’s show on this program, which is part of the supply chain. Now family of programming. We’ll take a look back at the upcoming week, and then we share some of the most relevant events and milestones from years past, of course, mostly business focused with a little dab of global supply chain. And occasionally we might just throw in a good story outside of our primary realm. So I invite you to join me on this. Look back in history to identify some of the most significant leaders, companies, innovations, and perhaps lessons learned in our collective business journey. Now let’s dive in to this week in business history.

Scott Luton (01:12):

Hello,

Scott Luton (01:13):

Thanks for joining us. I’m your host Scott Luton. And today on this edition of this week in business history, we’re focused on the week of November 2nd. Hey, thanks so much for listening to the show. Hey, before we get started, I wanted to share a special experience. I had this past week, just a few days ago, I had the good fortune of interviewing Steve Sterling, president and CEO of map international. The interview was part of our logistics with purpose series on supply chain now, and Steve offered a fascinating story of his journey from being afflicted with polio as a child to successfully overcoming his disabilities, to go own, to do big things in life. Currently he’s leading map international, a non-profit, which has been helping to deliver medicines and health supplies to those in need around the world. For 65 years, it’s been estimated that 2 billion people, internationally, many of them children do not have access to basic healthcare supplies.

Scott Luton (02:05):

Steve story was incredibly inspiring and stay tuned to the end of today’s show. And I’m going to be giving a few of our listeners the opportunity to receive a free copy of Steve Sterling’s book, the crutch of success. You can learn more about map international and get involved in their mission to help those in need globally by visiting map.org that’s map.org back to today’s episode of this week in business history, we’re focusing on the story of one of the largest aircraft in world history, and we’ll also be sharing historical tidbits on a variety of other businesses, including touching on a special moment to remember in air freight history. One that was even new to one of the world’s foremost airfreight experts, Cathy Robertson, great friend of the show. Be sure to follow her on Twitter for a variety of business insights. You can find her at cm Roberson six we’ll include in the show notes either way.

Scott Luton (03:01):

Thank you for joining us here today. On this week in business history, powered by our team here at supply chain. Now on November 2nd, 1947, the massive Hughes H four Hercules performed it’s maiden and only flight you’ve made better know it as spruce goose. The nickname comes from the fact that it was built of all wood Birch wood, not spruce though. And it was painted a white gray color. The spruce goose test flight was brief with thousands of people watching it long beach Harbor in California. The aircraft was piloted by Howard Hughes, the one and only infamous Howard Hughes. And it would fly. And now at an altitude of 70 feet, yep. You heard me right. 70 feet for about a mile before landing and never being flown again. So let’s dive into the history of that project though. Back in 1942, the U S was looking for better ways of sending war supplies to Britain.

Scott Luton (03:57):

German U-boats were devastating ocean shipping lanes in the Atlantic ocean. So aircraft projects were being considered one big problem though, aluminum and other metals couldn’t be utilized due to wartime priorities and the need for those materials in weapons platforms. This was also doing part because the Pentagon didn’t want any wild goose chase projects. You surp its materials for other proven projects, a development contract will be awarded distilled magnet and ship builder, Henry J Kaiser. And the one only before mentioned Howard Hughes in 1942 to develop a massive aircraft project. Kaiser had already developed an impressive reputation in the wartime production industry. As he had designed the Liberty ship, which was a large 14,000 ton cargo ship that could be built and deployed quickly. About six weeks time, amazingly three Liberty ships were being churned out every day by the U S manufacturing machine by 1943.

Scott Luton (04:57):

Now about Howard Hughes. He had made a fortune in Hollywood back in the 1920s and thirties where he produced big budget films, such as the racket hell’s angels and Scarface. But along with golf and technology in general, aviation was a lifelong passion of Howard Hughes. He’d go on to set a wide variety of aviation world records and Hughes would also survive for airplane crashes while pursuing his passion. So Husing Kaiser would begin to design and develop the appropriately named H K one. The government contract called for three aircraft. We built in two years time, but construction wouldn’t even begin until 16 months after the contract was awarded. The delay was largely due to passionate debate about aircraft design. Ultimately Kaiser would leave the project very frustrated, Howard Hughes wouldn’t miss a beat and would take the reins himself, probably welcoming the, to get things his exact way.

Scott Luton (06:00):

The project was thusly named the age for Hercules Hugh’s pursuit of complete perfection would greatly delay final development and construction. Thus, the contract was revised with Hughes now on the hook for only one prototype. In fact, world war II would end before the spruce goose would be complete. As construction was finished, the aircraft was transported to pier E in long beach, California. A house moving company was caught on to move components through the streets. First, the fuselage, then the massive wings, then the tail and a few other items, but keep in mind the sheer scale of this flying behemoth, which was about six times larger than any other aircraft of its day to tail alone was eight stories tall, the wing span longer than a football field. Can you imagine how difficult it’d be to transport? Even the broken down components through the streets, once it’s arrival up pier II, a huge hangar would be built around the aircraft after it was assembled complete with a ramp that would provide access into long beach Harbor.

Scott Luton (07:07):

By 1947, the us government had spent $22 million on the project, but Hughes had also sunk $18 million of his own money into the Hercules before it’s all said and done some in the U S Congress had grown frustrated with the project and Hughes was called before the Senate war investigating committee on August six, 1947. When questioned about the use of government funds for the dubious and delayed project Hughes would say, quote, the Hercules was a monumental undertaking. It is the largest aircraft ever built. It is over five stories, tall with a wingspan longer than a football field. That’s more than a city block. Now I put the sweat of my life into this thing. I have my reputation all roll up in it. And I’ve stated several times that if it’s a failure, I’ll probably leave this country and never come back. And I mean, it in quote about three months later, Hughes would lead that brief test flight on November 2nd, 1947, always hoping for a second flight and for a real mission for the aircraft Hughes would fund and retain a full flight crew to maintain the Hercules and also pay for a climate controlled hanger for the next 29 years.

Scott Luton (08:22):

But the call would never come a few years after Howard Hughes death. In 1976, the age four Hercules would be donated by the Hughes summer corporation to the Aero club of California after brief ownership and operators through the years, including the Walt Disney company and storage and a massive dome. The age four Hercules would ultimately be purchased by the evergreen aviation museum in 1993. It was disassembled and transported by barge to McMinnville, Oregon. It is now considered to be the centerpiece exhibit of the evergreen aviation and space museum there in McMinnville, a city in Oregon, which was named after the city of McMinnville, Tennessee. It is Oregon’s 16th largest city as of the 2010 census and has a population of about 33,000 people. It’s widely acknowledged that despite the falling that many have coined the spruce goose a name that Howard Hughes would always hate the aircraft project led to breakthroughs and design and technology that had a big ripple effect throughout aviation industry in the decades that followed some of the technologies pioneered by Hughes and his team would be leveraged in the seven 47 jumbo jet project and the C5 galaxy aircraft amongst others.

Scott Luton (09:40):

Undoubtedly, one other big business lesson learned would be the immense disadvantage of micromanagement and its impact on a project team. I wonder how the project would have evolved if others’ ideas and vision could have been utilized more in the design and construction of the Hercules as Michael J. Fox once said, quote, I’m careful not to confuse excellence with perfection excellence I can reach for perfection is God’s business and quote. And as dear friend, Greg white pointed out to me last week in a quote widely attributed to Voltaire. Perfect is the enemy of good. Before we tackle a few other items to note here on this week in business history, to invite you to check out a few of our other podcasts, these that make up the supply chain. Now family of programming, Greg white, who had just mentioned is offering up exceptional insights on supply chain tech and the entrepreneurial journey at tequila sunrise and that’s T E C H Q U R L a tequila sunrise.

Scott Luton (10:45):

Chris Barnes is challenging his guests to challenge his assertion. That supply chain is boring on the aptly titled podcast series. Supply chain is boring. Kerryn bursa is diving into the world of the digital supply chain and digital transformation in our tech talk, digital supply chain podcasts that’s T E K T O K digital supply chain podcast. And finally, as part of our back programming here at supply chain, now I interviewed veterans and veterans advocate several times a month to gain their stories and insights via veteran voices. You can find these and others tequila. Sunrise supply chain is boring. Tech talk, veteran voices, all wherever you get your podcasts. Now back to the show, a few other items to note on this week in business history for the week of November 2nd on November 7th, 1867, Marie Curry was born in Warsaw, Poland, a legendary chemist and scientific mind Curry would discover radioactivity in the element radium.

Scott Luton (11:49):

She was also the first woman to win a Nobel prize and the first person overall to claim Nobel honors twice on November 4th, 1879, famed black dentist pharmacist, abolitionist, avid inventor and innovator. Dr. Thomas Elkins would patent a refrigeration apparatus. The patent was issued for an insulated cabinet into which ice would be placed to cool. The interior of the chamber, dr. Elkins would also be issued a patent in 1874, a combined dining ironing table and quilting frame combined device always moving us forward was one dr. Thomas Elkins on November 3rd, 1900 at off Dassler was born in Germany. The youngest of four children. His nickname Addie would serve him well as Dassler would use it to name the company he’d found almost 50 years later, Adidas, his brother Rudolph would found his company named Puma around the same time. Talk about your sibling rivalry as Adidas and Puma have competed for consumers globally in the roughly 70 years, since on November 7th, 1910, the first air freight shipment would take place.

Scott Luton (13:07):

As the Wright brothers would transport freight from Dayton to Columbus, Ohio for department store owner, max Morehouse, who is the one that came up with the idea. What was the air cargo? You ask 10 bolts of fabric. Hey, talk about a game changer on November 8th, 1910, the state of Washington would pass a constitutional amendment, gearing teen female suffrage being amongst the first state to do so. You want to know the first territory or state in the U S to do just that? Well, that would be the territory of Wyoming who would grant women the right to vote in 1869 on November 4th, 1916, Ruth handler was born in Denver, Colorado after watching her daughter Barbara play with cutout dolls handler would have the idea to produce a plastic doll, a toy named after her daughter, Barbara would become a global icon as Barbie would hit the store shelves and spring 1959.

Scott Luton (14:09):

Eventually the handlers would introduce a companion for Barbie. Kin would take his name from their son while serving as president of Mattel in the early 1970s, Ruth handler would beat breast cancer and form a company that produced breast prosthetics for other victims. Ruth handler would lose a subsequent battle colon cancer in 2002 on November six, 1968, Jerry Yang was born in top pay Taiwan in 1978. His family would move to San Jose, California while a student at Stanford, Jerry Yang and David filo would create an internet website named Jerry and David’s God to the worldwide web, which was essentially a directory of other websites. They would rename the site Yahoo in 1994 and the rest is largely history. And finally, on November 5th, 2007, Google introduces the world to the Android mobile operating system, which has grown to be the largest used MOS in the world, claiming a whopping 74.6% global market share as of September, 2020.

Scott Luton (15:19):

That wraps up this edition of this week in business history. Those were some of the stories that stood out to us, but what do you think, what stands out to you? Tell us, shoot us a note to amanda@supplychainnow.com or find us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, share your comments there. We’re here to listen. Also. I had mentioned an opportunity for our listeners to get a free copy of Steve Sterling’s popular book, the crutch of success. If you leave us a review and send a copy of it to amanda@supplychainnow.com, we’re going to send you a free book to the first five listeners that respond first five folks. You’re going to love and be inspired by Steve story satisfaction, guaranteed, or your money back. Thanks so much for listening to our podcast. Hope you’ve enjoyed our latest edition of this week in business history. Be sure to check out a wide variety of industry thought leadership@supplychainnow.com for in the reminder, you can find this week in business history, wherever you get your podcasts from and be sure to tell us what you think we’d love to earn your review on behalf of the entire team here this week in business history and supply chain.

Scott Luton (16:30):

Now this is Scott Luton wishing all of our listeners, nothing but the best. Thank you so much. We’re grateful for your support. Hey, do good give forward and be the change that’s needed. Be like Steve Sterling on that note. We’ll see. Next time here on this week in business history. Thanks everybody.

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Katherine Hintz

Sales and Marketing Coordinator

Katherine is a marketing professional and MBA candidate who strives to unite her love of people with a passion for positive experiences. Having a diverse background, which includes nonprofit work with digital marketing and start-ups, she serves as a leader who helps people live their most creative lives by cultivating community, order, collaboration, and respect. With equal parts creativity and analytics, she brings a unique skill set which fosters refining, problem solving, and connecting organizations with their true vision. In her free time, you can usually find her looking for her cup of coffee, playing with her puppy Charlie, and dreaming of her next road trip.

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Ben Harris

Host

Ben Harris is the Director of Supply Chain Ecosystem Expansion for the Metro Atlanta Chamber. Ben comes to the Metro Atlanta Chamber after serving as Senior Manager, Market Development for Manhattan Associates. There, Ben was responsible for developing Manhattan’s sales pipeline and overall Americas supply chain marketing strategy. Ben oversaw market positioning, messaging and campaign execution to build awareness and drive new pipeline growth. Prior to joining Manhattan, Ben spent four years with the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Center of Innovation for Logistics where he played a key role in establishing the Center as a go-to industry resource for information, support, partnership building, and investment development. Additionally, he became a key SME for all logistics and supply chain-focused projects. Ben began his career at Page International, Inc. where he drove continuous improvement in complex global supply chain operations for a wide variety of businesses and Fortune 500 companies. An APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP), Ben holds an Executive Master’s degree in Business Administration (EMBA) and bachelor’s degree in International Business (BBA) from the Terry College at the University of Georgia.

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Page Siplon

Host, The Freight Insider

Prior to joining TeamOne Logistics, Page Siplon served as the Executive Director of the Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics, the State’s leading consulting resource for fueling logistics industry growth and global competitiveness. For over a decade, he directly assisted hundreds of companies to overcome challenges and capitalize on opportunities related to the movement of freight. During this time, Siplon was also appointed to concurrently serve the State of Georgia as Director of the larger Centers of Innovation Program, in which he provided executive leadership and vision for all six strategic industry-focused Centers. As a frequently requested keynote speaker, Siplon is called upon to address a range of audiences on unique aspects of technology, workforce, and logistics. This often includes topics of global and domestic logistics trends, supply chain visibility, collaboration, and strategic planning. He has also been quoted as an industry expert in publications such as Forbes, Journal of Commerce, Fortune, NPR, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, American Express, DC Velocity, Area Development Magazine, Site Selection Magazine, Inbound Logistics, Modern Material Handling, and is frequently a live special guest on SiriusXM’s Road Dog Radio Show. Siplon is an active industry participant, recognized by DC Velocity Magazine as a “2012 Logistics Rainmaker” which annually identifies the top-ten logistics professionals in the Nation; and named a “Pro to Know” by Supply & Demand Executive Magazine in 2014. Siplon was also selected by Georgia Trend Magazine as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential Georgians” for 2013, 2014, and 2015. He also serves various industry leadership roles at both the State and Federal level. Governor Nathan Deal nominated Siplon to represent Georgia on a National Supply Chain Competitiveness Advisory Committee, where he was appointed to a two-year term by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and was then appointed to serve as its vice-chairman. At the State level, he was selected by then-Governor Sonny Perdue to serve as lead consultant on the Commission for New Georgia’s Freight and Logistics Task Force. In this effort, Siplon led a Private Sector Advisory Committee with invited executives from a range of private sector stakeholders including UPS, Coca-Cola, The Home Depot, Delta Airlines, Georgia Pacific, CSX, and Norfolk Southern. Siplon honorably served a combined 12 years in the United States Marine Corps and the United States Air Force. During this time, he led the integration of encryption techniques and deployed cryptographic devices for tactically secure voice and data platforms in critical ground-to-air communication systems. This service included support for all branches of the Department of Defense, multiple federal security agencies, and aiding NASA with multiple Space Shuttle launches. Originally from New York, Siplon received both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering with a focus on digital signal processing from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He earned an associate’s degree in advanced electronic systems from the Air Force College and completed multiple military leadership academies in both the Marines and Air Force. Siplon currently lives in Cumming, Georgia (north of Atlanta), with his wife Jan, and two children Thomas (19) and Lily (15).

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Kristi Porter

Host, Logistics with Purpose

Kristi Porter is VP of Sales and Marketing at Vector Global Logistics, a company that is changing the world through supply chain. In her role, she oversees all marketing efforts and supports the sales team in doing what they do best. In addition to this role, she is the Chief Do-Gooder at Signify, which assists nonprofits and social impact companies through copywriting and marketing strategy consulting. She has almost 20 years of professional experience, and loves every opportunity to help people do more good.

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Kevin Brown

Host, Logistics with Purpose

Kevin Brown is the Director of Business Development for Vector Global Logistics.  He has a dedicated interest in Major Account Management, Enterprise Sales, and Corporate Leadership. He offers 25 years of exceptional experience and superior performance in the sales of Logistics, Supply Chain, and Transportation Management. Kevin is a dynamic, high-impact, sales executive and corporate leader who has consistently exceeded corporate goals. He effectively coordinates multiple resources to solution sell large complex opportunities while focusing on corporate level contacts across the enterprise. His specialties include targeting and securing key accounts by analyzing customer’s current business processes and developing solutions to meet their corporate goals. Connect with Kevin on LinkedIn.

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Sofia Rivas Herrera

Host, Supply Chain Now en Espanol

Sofia Rivas Herrera is a Mexican Industrial Engineer from Tecnologico de Monterrey class 2019. Upon graduation, she earned a scholarship to study MIT’s Graduate Certificate in Logistics and Supply Chain Management and graduated as one of the Top 3 performers of her class in 2020. She also has a multicultural background due to her international academic experiences at Singapore Management University and Kühne Logistics University in Hamburg. Sofia self-identifies as a Supply Chain enthusiast & ambassador sharing her passion for the field in her daily life.

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Jose Miguel Irarrazaval

Host, Logistics with Purpose

Jose Manuel Irarrazaval es parte del equipo de Vector Global Logistics Chile. José Manuel es un gerente experimentado con experiencia en finanzas corporativas, fusiones y adquisiciones, financiamiento y reestructuración, inversión directa y financiera, tanto en Chile como en el exterior. José Manuel tiene su MBA de la Universidad de Pennsylvania- The Wharton School. Conéctese con Jose Manuel en LinkedIn.

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Demo Perez

Host, Supply Chain Now en Espanol

Demo Perez started his career in 1997 in the industry by chance when a relative asked him for help for two just weeks putting together an operation for FedEx Express at the Colon Free Zone, an area where he was never been but accepted the challenge. Worked in all roles possible from a truck driver to currier to a sales representative, helped the brand introduction, market share growth and recognition in the Colon Free Zone, at the end of 1999 had the chance to meet and have a chat with Fred Smith ( FedEx CEO), joined another company in 2018 who took over the FedEx operations as Operations and sales manager, in 2004 accepted the challenge from his company to leave the FedEx operations and business to take over the operation and business of DHL Express, his major competitor and rival so couldn’t say no, by changing completely its operation model in the Free Zone. In 2005 started his first entrepreneurial journey by quitting his job and joining two friends to start a Freight Forwarding company. After 8 months was recruited back by his company LSP with the General Manager role with the challenge of growing the company and make it fully capable warehousing 3PL. By 2009 joined CSCMP and WERC and started his journey of learning and growing his international network and high-level learning. In 2012 for the first time joined a local association ( the Panama Maritime Chamber) and worked in the country’s first Logistics Strategy plan, joined and lead other associations ending as president of the Panama Logistics Council in 2017. By finishing his professional mission at LSP with a company that was 8 times the size it was when accepted the role as GM with so many jobs generated and several young professionals coached, having great financial results, took the decision to move forward and start his own business from scratch by the end of 2019. with a friend and colleague co-founded IPL Group a company that started as a boutique 3PL and now is gearing up for the post-Covid era by moving to the big leagues.

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Kim Winter

Host, Supply Chain Now

The founder of Logistics Executive Group, Kim Winter delivers 40 years of executive leadership experience spanning Executive Search & Recruitment, Leadership Development, Executive Coaching, Corporate Advisory, Motivational Speaking, Trade Facilitation and across the Supply Chain, Logistics, 3PL, E-commerce, Life Science, Cold Chain, FMCG, Retail, Maritime, Defence, Aviation, Resources, and Industrial sectors. Operating from the company’s global offices, he is a regular contributor of thought leadership to industry and media, is a professional Master of Ceremonies, and is frequently invited to chair international events.

He is a Board member of over a dozen companies throughout APAC, India, and the Middle East, a New Zealand citizen, he holds formal resident status in Australia and the UAE, and is the Australia & New Zealand representative for the UAE Government-owned Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA), the Middle East’s largest Economic Free Zone.

A triathlete and ex-professional rugby player, Kim is a qualified (IECL Sydney) executive coach and the Founder / Chairman of the successful not for profit humanitarian organization, Oasis Africa (www. oasisafrica.org.au), which has provided freedom from poverty through education to over 8000 mainly orphaned children in East Africa’s slums. Kim holds an MBA and BA from Massey & Victoria Universities (NZ).

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Nick Roemer

Host, Logistics with Purpose

Nick Roemer has had a very diverse and extensive career within design and sales over the last 15 years stretching from China, Dubai, Germany, Holland, UK, and the USA. In the last 5 years, Nick has developed a hawk's eye for sustainable tech and the human-centric marketing and sales procedures that come with it. With his far-reaching and strong network within the logistics industry, Nick has been able to open new avenues and routes to market within major industries in the USA and the UAE. Nick lives by the ethos, “Give more than you take." His professional mission is to make the logistics industry leaner, cleaner and greener.

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Alex Bramley

Sales Support Intern

Alex is pursuing a Marketing degree and a Certificate in Legal Studies at the University of Georgia. As a dual citizen of both the US and UK; Alex has studied abroad at University College London and is passionate about travel and international business. Through her coursework at the Terry College of Business, Alex has gained valuable skills in digital marketing, analytics, and professional selling. She joined Supply Chain Now as a Sales Support Intern where she assists the team by prospecting and qualifying new business partners.

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