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Hughes Helicopters

In 1947, Howard Hughes redirected the Hughes Aircraft Co.'s efforts from aircraft to helicopters. In 1948 helicopter manufacturer the Kellett Autogiro Corporation sold their latest design to Hughes for production. The XH-17 "Sky Crane" first flew in 1952, but was commercially unsuccessful. In 1955, Howard Hughes split the helicopter production unit from the Hughes Aircraft Co., and reconstituted it with the Hughes Tool Co. as the Hughes Tool Co. Aircraft Division, with a focus on the production of light helicopters. The Hughes Model 269 was their first successful helicopter design. Entering production in 1957, it captured a large portion of the commercial market for Hughes. It would eventually become part of the Army inventory as a primary trainer (the TH-55 Osage). In May 1965, the company won the contract for a new observation helicopter for the U.S. Army, and produced the OH-6 Cayuse (Hughes Model 369). The OH-6 was later developed into the civilian Model 500, variants of which remain in production to this day. In 1972, Hughes sold the tool division of Hughes Tool Company, and reconsolidated his remaining holdings as the Summa Corporation. The Hughes Helicopter Division was formed by the Summa Corporation in 1972, and was reformed as Hughes Helicopters, Inc. in 1981. However, throughout its history, the company was informally known as "Hughes Helicopters". It was sold to McDonnell Douglas in 1984 and made into a subsidiary under the name McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Systems.
N9176F in Calhoun, Georgia 1974 Hughes 396HS helicopter still looking good in flight in Calhoun, Georgia USA
C-GZUN, Hughes 369E This Hughes 369E, C-GZUN, waits at Waterville, Nova Scotia before starting on a wildlife survey.
Alabama ANG Hughes 500 On display at the Birmingham, Ala. airport Air National Guard station.
Small military helicopter See picture #11251 for a similar one Photo courtesy of Keith Philpott
Hughes 269C Hkp 5B, Army 95, 05215 Photographed in Svedino's Automobile and Aviation Museum, Ugglarp, Sweden on 28 October 2006. Hughe...
Hughes Helicopter at Newark Helicopter in the ring at Newark Showround Ed.: I think this is the 1980 Hughes Helicopter G-CCUO...
Hughes helicopter at Newark Photo of the 1980 Hughes Helicopter G-CCUO in the ring at Newark Showground, see picture #13075 also...
Hughes Cayuse OH6A Cayuse sometimes refered to as the Loach or Little Bird flying a display at Southport Airshow 2...
Hughes OH-6 Cayuse at Airshow OH6A Cayuse or Loach flying a display at Southport Airshow 2012 See also picture #16740
Hughes 500M Cayuse H-245 Danish Army helicopter photographed at the Danish Collection of Vintage Aircraft, Stauning Airport, ...
Trans North C-GLHI Type Aircraft : Hughes 369D Registration : C-GLHI Company: Trans North Building year : 1981 Plac...

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