Hughes Aircraft Company

Hughes Aircraft Company was founded in 1932 in Glendale, California by the famous, eccentric business tycoon Howard Hughes (1905-76).  Drawing on Hughes’ resources to finance its projects as private ventures, Hughes produced some of the most innovative aircraft of the 1930s and 1940s, including the H-1 racing aircraft and the H-4 Hercules or “Spruce Goose.”  After World War II, Hughes shifted its focus to helicopters and missiles.

The Hughes company fell into corporate chaos following the intestate death of its founder and was taken over in 1985 by General Motors.  Its aircraft division was passed to Raytheon in 1997.


H-4 Hercules

UH-6 and 500