2172 - Hubris, Hollywood & Helicopters: Howard Hughes' Ventures & Adventures, Failures & Successes
It's a corporate history like no other: duck decoys, feral cats in the bean fields, secret meetings in a celery shed. Each session focuses equally on Howard Hughes' lifestyle, the aircraft company he founded during WWII, and on the aircraft themselves. While his movie-making and world-record-setting efforts were successful, his aircraft were failures until the company began to produce helicopters. Interestingly, Hughes had no interest in that profitable enterprise, so he carved out a smaller entity that's been called "Howard's Hobby Shop." It rapidly became indebted, by $1.2 billion, to the parent corporation which Howard's father had founded long ago. We'll take a field trip to the NC National Guard facility near RDU, see their Apache helicopters up close, and hear the pilots describe their deployments to the Middle East. Lecture (plus questions). Facilitated Discussion. Viewing Videos. Field Trip(s).Powerpoint, videos, plenty of opportunity for discussion - and no homework.
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