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Photograph of Howard Hughes with a group of men in front of the XH-17 helicopter, Culver City, California, October 23, 1952

Date
1952
Description
Howard Hughes (second from left) standing in front of the experimental helicopter XH-17, Flying Crane, with others (from left to right): Rea Hopper, Director of the Aeronautical Division, Hughes Aircraft Company; Hughes; Clyde Jones, Director of Engineering, Hughes Tool Company Aeronautical Division; Warren Reed, Assistant; Colonel Carl E. Jackson, Air Research and Development Headquarters, Baltimore; Gale J. Moore, Pilot; possibly Chal Bowen, Flight Engineer/Co-pilot, and an unidentified man, October 23, 1952.

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Photograph of Howard Hughes and others in front of the XH-17 helicopter, Culver City, California, October 23, 1952

Date
1952
Description
Howard Hughes (second from left) standing in front of the experimental helicopter XH-17, Flying Crane, with others (from left to right): Rea Hopper, Director of the Aeronautical Division, Hughes Aircraft Company; Hughes; Clyde Jones, Director of Engineering, Hughes Tool Company Aeronautical Division; Warren Reed, Assistant; Colonel Carl E. Jackson from Air Research and Development Headquarters, Baltimore; Gale J. Moore, Pilot; possibly Chal Bowen, Flight Engineer/Co-pilot; and an unidentified man, October 23, 1952.

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Photograph of Rear Admiral C.J. Seiberlich, circa late 1940s

Date
1945 to 1949
Description
Rear Admiral C.J. Seiberlich, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, is shown at the controls of the Hughes Flying Boat in its Long Beach, California hangar. The Navy had expressed an interest in using the craft in an experimental capacity, circa late 1940s.

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Photograph of John D. Home, Howard Hughes, and Edward Underwood, circa late 1950s

Date
1957 to 1959
Description
Standing from left to right are John D. Home (Department of Communications of the American Legion), Howard Hughes (Managing Director of Production of RKO), and Edward Underwood (Department of Communications of Hollywood American Legion Motion Picture Post #43), in the late 1950s.

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Photograph of the Hughes Tool Company's hard formation rock bit type R-1, circa 1950s

Date
1950 to 1959
Description
The Hughes Tool Company's hard formation rock bit type R-1 was the engineering marvel on which the Hughes fortune was founded. The bit was invented by Howard Hughes' father.

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Aerial view of Hughes Helicopters Division of Summa Corporation, Culver City, California, circa late 1950s

Date
1957 to 1959
Description
Hughes Helicopters Division of Summa Corporation in Culver City, California.

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Photograph of the interior of an airplane hangar at the Hughes Helicopters Division of Summa Corporation, Culver City, California, circa late 1950s

Date
1957 to 1959
Description
A view of the inside of an airplane hangar at the Hughes Helicopters Division of Summa Corporation in Culver City, California in the late 1950s.

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Photograph of the Flying Boat in an airplane hangar, Terminal Island, California, circa late 1950s

Date
1957 to 1959
Description
The inside of a specialized airplane hangar engineered to store and maintain the Flying Boat on Terminal Island in Los Angeles Harbor, California.

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Photograph of the exterior of Hughes Research Laboratories, Culver City, California, circa 1940s

Date
1940 to 1949
Description
The exterior of Hughes Research Laboratories where rock bits were test-drilled in Culver City, California in the 1940s. Transcribed from note taped to back of photo: "Rock bits are test-drilled in the laboratory under conditions that duplicate, as far as is possible in the laboratory, those encountered in actual drilling. As a result, rotational speeds, loads, and fluid volume are closely controlled. The rig operator occupies a splash-proof booth above the 'cellar floor.' The instruments on his control panel provide for application and measurement of variable axial loading on the drilling bit up to 100,000 lbs., variable rotational speeds up to 400 rpm, measurement of bit penetration over a total vertical travel of 5 feet at rates up to 180 ft. per hour, and torque. On the panel, also, are several controls for the operation of mud pump and other accessory equipment."

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Photograph of crew and passengers outside of a TWA aircraft, circa 1940-1950s

Date
1940 to 1950
Description
Three unidentified men and an unidentified woman outside of a TWA aircraft in the 1940s or 1950s.

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