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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 1992
So the Spruce Goose is moving to Oregon. Funny, one can almost see Howard Hughes at the controls, flying away from the rotting aerospace industry in Southern California. I guess it's really not so funny after all. JACK FARLEY San Pedro
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 25, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
In a Playa Vista aircraft hangar that turned out Army helicopters during the Vietnam War, an actor wearing a multicolored princess gown, tiara and wand waits for a crew of about 25 to finish lunch and resume filming. The building that once was part of Howard Hughes' sprawling Hercules complex, where the famous Spruce Goose was assembled during World War II, now provides a setting for another kind of American innovation - YouTube videos. The Google Inc. division has converted the 41,000-square-foot hangar into a state-of-the-art digital production facility that is believed to be one of the largest in Southern California devoted exclusively to content distributed online.
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NEWS
February 28, 1993 | Associated Press
The disassembled Spruce Goose traveled the final mile to the site of its yet-to-be-built new home, the Evergreen AirVenture Museum. In all, the behemoth has journeyed 1,055 miles by ship, barge and truck from Long Beach, a trip that took 138 days. About 10,000 people watched Saturday as the caravan--consisting of the airplane's fuselage, tail section and wings--came to rest next to the McMinnville Airport, said Howard Lovering, director of the planned museum.
BUSINESS
February 24, 2012 | By Roger Vincent and Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 2001 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
George Kruska, a Howard Hughes crew member who helped build Hughes' legendary Spruce Goose and then in 1992 oversaw the giant Flying Boat's dismantling for shipment from Long Beach Harbor to Oregon, died Monday. He was 80. Kruska, who suffered from Parkinson's disease, died at home in Valley Glen in the San Fernando Valley, said his son, Denny Kruska. "People say Hughes was odd, strange or whatever," Kruska once told a Hughes company publication after the reclusive billionaire's death.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 1992 | ROXANA KOPETMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The legendary Spruce Goose, a symbol of magnificence in aviation history, will be moved from its lifelong berth in Long Beach to McMinnville, Ore., its owners decided Thursday night. The world's largest aircraft will become a centerpiece for a new museum of historic planes planned by Evergreen International Aviation Inc. Board members of the Aero Club of Southern California, which owns the plane built by the late billionaire Howard Hughes, voted unanimously to send the aircraft to Oregon.
NEWS
April 24, 1991 | BURT A. FOLKART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rea E. Hopper, a longtime associate of Howard Hughes whom Hughes selected as his chief designer for the Spruce Goose, has died. His daughter, Polly Whittell, said her father was 85 when he died Friday in Santa Monica of pneumonia. Hopper, a graduate of Caltech, joined Hughes in 1939 after 10 years at Douglas Aircraft Co., where he helped design the DC-3. Hughes lured him to his aircraft plant in Culver City for what evolved into a seven-year project to construct the largest airplane ever built.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 1992 | FAYE FIORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Like protective parents sending their firstborn off to college, members of the Aero Club of Southern California confessed that they were a little melancholy Thursday night when they gathered for the last time around the legendary Spruce Goose. But for the original flight mechanics and crew members of the world's largest aircraft, the impending transition from Long Beach tourist attraction to crown jewel of an Oregon air museum was something of a relief.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 1992 | ROXANA KOPETMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Owners of the fabled Spruce Goose said Tuesday that they plan to move the world's largest airplane from Long Beach, its home for 45 years. The wooden plane, now displayed under a giant dome near the ocean liner Queen Mary, may be moved to Oregon, Florida, Las Vegas or Oceanside, Calif., according to William Shoneberger, president of Aero Exhibits Inc., the aircraft's owner. Shoneberger's company has been searching for a new site since the Walt Disney Co.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 2010 | By Amy Senk, Times Community Newspapers
Richard S. Stevens, who had leadership roles with the Disneyland Hotel, Queen Mary and Balboa Bay Club during a wide-ranging business career, has died. He was 80. Stevens died Oct. 14 in his sleep at his Newport Beach home, said his wife, Joan. He worked more than 20 years for Wrather Corp. As president of Wrather Hotels, which included the Disneyland Hotel, he developed a plan for the company to lease the Queen Mary in Long Beach as a tourist attraction and display with it the Spruce Goose seaplane built by Howard Hughes.
BUSINESS
October 14, 2010 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
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.
BUSINESS
August 7, 2008 | Roger Vincent, Times Staff Writer
A chunk of Howard Hughes' Los Angeles is on the block: the cavernous hangar where the aviation mogul built his infamous Spruce Goose aircraft that flew only once -- for about one minute -- in 1947. It was wartime when Hughes Aircraft Co. got a government contract to build three flying boats intended to transport troops and equipment across oceans. Hughes set out to build a seaplane capable of carrying 750 fully armed soldiers nonstop from Honolulu to Tokyo.
BUSINESS
April 28, 2006 | Roger Vincent, Times Staff Writer
Office construction may soon begin at a long-fallow site in Playa Vista that was once part of aerospace mogul Howard Hughes' empire and later expected to be the home studio of DreamWorks SKG. Dallas developer Lincoln Property Co. is in final negotiations to purchase 14 acres of raw land from Playa Vista for $100 million, according to real estate sources familiar with the deal.
NEWS
June 22, 2003 | Terrence Petty, Associated Press Writer
Dwarfed beneath the wing of Howard Hughes' fabled flying boat the Spruce Goose, museum guide Dick Paridee exuberantly lists its leviathan specs as a clutch of rapt visitors listen in. "It has a 320-foot wing span! That's a football field plus the end zones!" Paridee said while showing off the wooden wonder at the Evergreen Aviation Museum.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 2002 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Environmentalists delivering a thank-you note Friday to architect Frank Gehry for picking someplace other than Playa Vista for his new design studio said they hope to make the "Spruce Goose" hangar a cornerstone of a future nature center at the site. In urging Gehry to support the conversion of Howard Hughes' old aircraft plant, activists said they want to preserve Hughes' historic and huge Spruce Goose Hangar.
NEWS
April 2, 2002 | KENNETH R. WEISS and MARTHA GROVES, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The first residents of the new community of Playa Vista moved into their apartments Monday, a quarter century after initial plans for the mini-city near Marina del Rey spawned one of Los Angeles County's most protracted and bitter development struggles. The arrival of U-haul vans, women carrying armloads of clothes and men hoisting couches into sandstone-colored buildings beside Lincoln Boulevard marks a major watershed in a land-use dispute that began when Jimmy Carter was president.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 2001 | DAVID FERRELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Like every wacky story, the saga of the Spruce Goose--Howard Hughes' monstrous, eight-engine flying boat--contains a fair number of plot twists, some nearly lost in the broad outline of events. Consider the dome. It was created to house the historic plane when it went on public display in Long Beach in 1983. The dome was a big thing in its own right: It was billed as, and probably remains, the world's largest free-standing geodesic structure.
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