Materials include photographs from 1934 to 1972 of aircraft built by the Hughes Aircraft Company. The photographs primarily depict the XF-11 Prototype planes and the HK-1 Hercules, otherwise known as the "Flying Boat" or the "Spruce Goose," piloted by Howard Hughes. The photographs also depict the DC-3, XH-17 Flying Crane helicopter, the H-1 Racer piloted by Hughes, aircraft built for Trans World Airlines and Avro Canada, Lockheed planes, and other aircraft piloted by Hughes in various flying competitions.
Collection Name: Howard Hughes Professional and Aeronautical Photographs
Materials are organized into six subseries:
Subseries II.A. Hughes XF-11 photographs, 1946-1947;
Subseries II.B. Hughes HK-1 Hercules photographs, 1942-1947;
Subseries II.C. Douglas DC-3 photographs, 1947;
Subseries II.D. Hughes XH-17 Flying Crane photographs, 1952;
Subseries II.E. Hughes H-1 Racer photographs, 1935-1945;
Subseries II.F. Miscellaneous aircraft photographs, 1934-1972.