Hughes Helicopters purchased by MDC and became wholly-owned subsidiary 6 January 1984. Company progressively moved from Culver City to Mesa, AZ, starting with AH-64 Apache production and following with MD 500/530 production 1986-7. Company name changed to McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Corp. (MDHC) 27 August 1985. Major new programme Explorer Notar (no tail rotor) 8/10-seat twin-engined helicopter (July 1992) in partnership with HDH (airframe) and Kawasaki (transmission). See also MD Helicopters, Inc.

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