Raytheon is a modern aerospace contractor.
The present aircraft business is built on the acquisition of two
earlier companies - Beech Aircraft and Hawker Siddeley.
Walter and Olive Ann Beech formed Beech Aircraft in
1932. Their first product was the Beech
Staggerwing, a classic cabin biplane design that could
cruise at more than 200 miles per hour and carry five passengers
in comfort and style. The Staggerwing established the
reputation that has made the Beech name synonymous with
reliability and quality for nearly seven decades. The
company grew large building military training aircraft during
World War II. In the post-war era it became a leader in business
aviation. Mr. Beech served as chief executive of the
company until his death in 1950. Mrs. Beech succeeded him at the
helm, and guided the company until her retirement in 1982. Under
her leadership, Beech became a Raytheon Company in 1980. Mrs.
Beech died in 1993.
Harry Hawker, a native of Australia, emigrated to
England and joined Sopwith Aviation Company. He learned to fly
there, became its chief test pilot, and played a pivotal role in
the design of the Sopwith Camel. He died in a flight test
accident in 1921, but the H.G. Hawker Engineering Company he
formed would go on to develop many significant aircraft,
including the Hawker Hurricane fighter, and the Hawker Harrier
jump jet. In 1960 the Hawker Siddeley company acquired the de
Havilland Aircraft Company, which was just completing work on a
new mid-size business jet. It was introduced as the Hawker-Siddeley
125, which became known simply as the Hawker. Raytheon acquired
the Hawker business jets from British Aerospace in 1993.
Raytheon has used its resources well. The company
constantly develops modern aircraft.
Standard Series. 1/48th scale. 14.25" wingspan x 12"
No. APG0D-S3. Only $139.95
Standard Series. 1/32nd scale.
19" wingspan x 13" long.
No. APG0D-S2. Only $159.95
Raytheon H/S 800 XP
Standard Series. 1/48th scale.
12.85" wingspan x 12.85" long.
No. APG0D-S1. Only $129.95