Born: United States of America
Primarily active in: United States of America
Howard Haldane (Hal) Hawes Jr., president of Vought Helicopter Incorporated, collapsed and was pronounced dead at a Dallas hospital March 26 from an apparent heart attack. He was 52. A veteran aerospace figure, Hawes became president of the LTV Aerospace Corp. helicopter subsidiary last Sept. 1 on the retirement of Joseph Silverman, VHI's first president.
Hawes joined Chance Vought Corp., a predecessor company to LTV Aerospace, in 1941, as a production control group leader. Following military service in the Navy in WW II, he returned to the company and advanced through a series of management positioins.
Hawes served as deputy program director for the A-7 Corsair II aircraft, materials manager, vice president-materials and product assurance, and vice president-manufacturing. He later served as vice president-operations and was vice president- special assistant to the president of what was then Vought Aeronautics Co. immediately prior to being elected president of VHI.
Obituary (pg-18) : VERTIFLITE May/June 1973