February 24, 2012 |
Move over, Spruce Goose. Here comes YouTube. Internet video site YouTube and marketing agency Earthbound Media Group have agreed to be the first tenants at the Hercules Campus, an office park being created by Los Angeles developer Wayne Ratkovich from buildings in Playa Vista that were once the hub of aerospace giant Hughes Aircraft Co. YouTube will take over a 41,000-square-foot warehouse and office. Earthbound Media will move its headquarters from Orange County to a 15,000-square-foot building where technicians assembled the cockpit for the legendary Hughes H-4 Hercules seaplane, commonly known as the Spruce Goose.
September 24, 2011 |
For the generation that grew up during the Cold War, Hughes was synonymous with aerospace, an industry that flourished and dotted Southern California's landscape. At its height in the mid-1980s, Hughes Aircraft Co., like the industry, was ubiquitous, from Newport Beach to Santa Barbara with sprawling facilities in Culver City, El Segundo and Canoga Park. More than 85,000 worked for the company developing the nation's most advanced military electronics. Despite its ever-presence in the region, not much has been written about the aerospace giant other than as a sideshow to its eccentric founder Howard Hughes.
October 15, 2010 |
It's best known as the place where Howard Hughes built the massive Spruce Goose. But the old Hughes Aircraft Co. plant in Playa Vista played a far greater role as a foundry for some of the nation's more important weapon systems. The 1,300-acre site was dubbed a national resource by the federal government because it developed technologically advanced weapons projects that the Pentagon believed no other defense contractors were capable of tackling. During the Cold War, the former Soviet Union even considered it one of the first targets of its nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missiles.
October 14, 2010 |
The decaying former headquarters of aviation giant Howard Hughes will be turned into an office campus for creative tenants as part of a $50-million makeover of the famous operation at Playa Vista. The complex includes the enormous hangar where Hughes built his infamous Spruce Goose airplane but is now used mostly as a sound stage for movie and television production. The seven-story structure will be upgraded to contain five sound stages that could be used simultaneously, new owner Wayne Ratkovich said.
September 12, 2010 |
Southern California's unmanned aircraft legacy shares deep roots with another of the region's economic mainstays — Hollywood. One of the first pioneers to bridge the two worlds was Reginald Denny, a British actor during the silent era who starred as a swashbuckling leading man in steamy romantic films such as "The Price of Possession" and "Tropical Love. " A former World War I fighter pilot, Denny kept his passion for flight alive by running a model plane shop on Hollywood Boulevard in the 1930s, where he sold radio-controlled aircraft.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 2009 |
The Los Angeles Planning Commission voted Thursday to approve the final phase of the massive Playa Vista development between the Westchester bluffs and Marina del Rey. In casting his "yes" vote, commission President William Roschen praised Playa Vista as a "smart, sustainable project." The 111-acre second phase -- which Roschen called the project's "centerpiece" -- is intended to complete the vision of Playa Vista as a live-work-play community and will be built between the existing mixed-use residential community to the west, home to more than 6,000 residents, and the office campus to the east.