Howard Hughes 1905-1976 Wealthy Eccentric Promotes Movies, TWA, Aircraft

 

To 1925 Sole heir to oil drill bit fortune, parents die, marries Rice heiress, move to Los Angeles

1928-30 Movie producer, flight passion, Hell's as silent, redone as sound, 1930 Oscar

 

1933 Hughes Aircraft to build fast airplanes, 1937 Transcontinental, 352 mph speed records

 

1937 LA-Newark 7.5 hours, 1938 Round the World record 71 hours, Starlets, Behavior

 

1939 Bought control of TWA, Influenced Stratocruiser, Secrecy of Lockheed Constellation

 

1946+ Defense contractor testimony, Spruce goose, air crash, seclusion and controversy