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Hughes Aircraft Co

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Also known as Hughes Aircraft Corporation.

1932 The company was founded by Howard Hughes in Glendale, California as a division of Hughes Tool Company.

1953 Howard Hughes donated Hughes Aircraft to the Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Particularly well-known products included the Hughes H-4 Hercules Spruce Goose aircraft, the atmospheric entry probe carried by the Galileo spacecraft, and the AIM-4 Falcon guided missile.

1985 Hughes Aircraft was acquired by General Motors from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute

1985 General Motors merged Hughes Aircraft with its Delco Electronics unit to form Hughes Electronics Corporation.

1997 General Motors sold the Hughes Aircraft business, the defence part of its Hughes Electronics business, to Raytheon[1]


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  1. [1] CNN news