Howard Hughes' Runway in Playa was World's Longest
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Howard Hughes' Runway in Playa was World's Longest

Playa Vista, CA, IOH's HQ, has a rich aviation history, including Hughes.

Playa Vista sits at the junction where the Los Angeles River meets the ocean. It's soil is so fertile, it attracted the first inhabitants to LA 8,000 years ago. Later, aviation found Playa Vista.
"Just as the film industry was attracted to California early in its development, so aviation enthusiasts were quickly drawn to the sunny days and balmy weather that permitted more time aloft...It was not coincidental that the first national aviation meet was held" nearby.
In the 1940s, Howard Hughes and his Hughes Aircraft Company established their Playa Vista plant, where they built many aircraft throughout the World War II.
Among the greatest features of Playa Vista are the remaining Hughes buildings; they comprise the Hughes Industrial Historic District, including the hangar that held the Spruce Goose.
Having developed his aviation empire through the 1930s away from Playa Vista, Hughes purchased Playa Vista land initially to pursue his movie interests; Playa Vista is close to Culver City, where a number of movie studios were located. But by 1941, he was looking for a new facility for his aviation unit, Hughes Aircraft Company.
With the start of WWII, Hughes Aircraft Company was beginning to win contracts and needed a larger plant. Hughes' expansion ended up shifting the orientation of the region’s economy.
January 10-20 1910, First in Nation Aviation Event Held Near Playa Vista
January 10-20 1910, First in Nation Aviation Event Held Near Playa Vista
Hangar that held Spruce Goose still stands in Playa Vista.
Hangar that held Spruce Goose still stands in Playa Vista.
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Chicago World's Fair
Chicago World's Fair
Old Hughes air strip and buildings in Playa Vista.
Old Hughes air strip and buildings in Playa Vista.
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