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Howard Hughes' plane arrives in Polk City

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An aircraft once owned and operated by a businessman, engineer and aviator Howard Hughes arrived to Polk City Thursday to become a part of Fantasy of Flight attraction.

Hughes bought this aircraft, a 1937 Sikorsky S-43 Flying Boat, the year it was produced. He reportedly had a water landing on this plane which killed two of his passengers, according to Fantasy of Flight representatives.

Hughes restored the plane and used it to fly his Hollywood friends around until 1952, Fantasy of Flight representatives told us.

Fantasy of Flight founder and owner Kermit Weeks first saw the plane in 1994 and thought he'd buy it one day for the exhibit.

The plane's wings arrived to Polk City first, followed by the fuselage on a semi- tractor trailer. Fantasy of Flight mechanics will assemble the plane and eventually restore it to fly.

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