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  • usa Culver City Hughes

    Culver City, California

    USA





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    17.804029CL Childrens Hospital Los Angeles Heliport, California
    17.90414CN7 Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles II Heliport, California



    1932 to 1985

    33° 58' 34'' N - 118° 25' 2'' W
    Alsace / Playa Vista
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    Elevation: 15 feet




    History of this Location


    Opened in 1932 at the foot of a bluff, to the southwest of Culver City municipal airport and north of Los Angeles (LAX) International, at a time when the area was fairly undeveloped. The plant was producing fixed wing aircraft, undertaking research (into helicopters such as the XH-17 Flying Crane, the XV-9 and the giant XH-28) and missile building.

    It was also the site of the production line for the Hughes 269. The Hughes OH-6 Cayuse was produced here until the line was moved to San Diego (Rose Canyon) around 1967. The Hughes Model 77 - which went on to become the Boeing AH-64 Apache - was designed here and in 1981 Hughes decided to produce that model from the new plant at Mesa, AZ.

    The writing was on the wall for the privately owned airport as more and more land was being taken up for development and the last aircraft movement was in 1985, although the site was in non-flying use for a number of years before component production ceased. The runway was dug up and used as hard core for further development and apart from a few buildings of historical significance, the site had effectively disappeared by 2002, with just a few road names left to tell the story.

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