During World War II the company designed and built several prototype aircraft at Hughes Airport. These included
the famous Hughes H-4 Hercules, better known by the
public's nickname for it, the Spruce Goose, the H-1 racer, D-2, and the XF-11.

Howard Huges Aircraft

The Hughes Aircraft Company was a major American aerospace and defense contractor founded in 1932 by Howard Hughes in Glendale, California as a division of Hughes Tool Company. The company was known for producing, among other products, the Hughes H-4 Hercules Spruce Goose aircraft, the atmospheric entry probe carried by the Galileo spacecraft, and the AIM-4 Falcon guided missile.

Hughes Aircraft was acquired by General Motors from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in 1985 and was put under the umbrella of Hughes Electronics, now known as DirecTV, until GM sold its assets to Raytheon in 1997

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Hughes Helicopters was a major manufacturer of military and civil helicopters from the 1950s to the 1980s.

Founded:  1947; 74 years ago; by Howard Hughes

Country:   USA

Type:  Aircraft/ Helicopter manufacturer

Role:  Aircraft builder

Successor: McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Systems

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Hughes OH-6 Little Bird

The Hughes H-4 Hercules (commonly known as the Spruce Gooseregistration NX37602) is a prototype strategic airlift flying boat

Hughes TH - 55 Osage

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