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Hughes Aircraft

Hughes Aircraft
Hughes Aircraft Company logo, during the company's heyday
Company nameHughes Aircraft
IndustryAerospace and Defense
FateAcquired by Raytheon and Boeing
Founder(s)Howard Hughes
HeadquartersCulver City, California
ParentHughes Tool Company
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
General Motors

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Hughes Aircraft Company was a major American aerospace and defense contractor founded in 1932 by Howard Hughes in Culver City, 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.

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

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