Hughes Aircraft Company 1932 - 1997

Aerospace manufacturer,
Defence contractor,
Weapons manufacturer
United States

Hughes Aircraft Company was a major American aerospace manufacturer and defense contractor, founded in 1932 by Howard Hughes (1905-1976) in Culver City, California. It was acquired by General Motors from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in 1985, subsequently become part of GM Hughes Electronics (which was renamed as DirecTV Group), until GM sold its assets to Raytheon in 1997. Hughes Aircraft and its subsidiaries produced many noted and inovative products including the 'Spruce Goose', H-4 Hercules transport aircraft, the XH-17 'Sky Crane' helicopter and the AIM-4 guided missile, as well as space probes, rocket motors and satellite technology.