A billionaire, film maker, and aviator sets a world record.
Howard Robard Hughes, Jr., better known simply as Howard Hughes, was a billionaire, business tycoon and film maker. He gained Hollywood prestige from the 1920’s to the 1940’s for films like Hell’s Angels, Scarface, and The Outlaw.
The rich and powerful Hughes had a very complex personality. He displayed symptoms of mental illness and had obsessive-compulsive disorder. Despite his highly peculiar behavior, Hughes led a very colorful personal life. He dated a string of Hollywood stars, including Ava Gardner, Bette Davis, Ginger Rogers, and Katharine Hepburn.
Aside from being a distinguished film director and producer, Hughes is fondly remembered as a gifted aviator. He built aircrafts and set flight records, investing in his passion for aviation.
On this same day in 1938, Howard Hughes set a world record and completed a flight around the world in just 91 hours (3 days and 19 hours) aboard a Lockheed Super Electra. Hughes and his crew—-including his co-pilot and navigator, then U.S. Army Air Corps lieutenant Thomas Thurlow—-took off from New York, flew across Paris, proceeded to Russian cities such as Moscow, Omsk, Yakutsk, over Fairbanks in Alaska, Minneapolis, and back to New York.
The 2004 Oscar-winning film Aviator, directed by Martin Scorsese, focuses on Howard Hughes’s life, particularly his stellar achievements in aviation.