Howard Hughes ~ 1930's.  Hughes  was first known for his wealth and for producing/directing movies in the '30s. He had a playboy lifestyle and love of aviation. After a plane accident in 1946, he became very reclusive. Hughes lived mostly in a Las Vegas hotel suite had extremely little human contact in his last 25 years

Howard Hughes ~ Hughes was first known for his wealth and for producing/directing movies in the He had a playboy lifestyle and love of aviation. After a plane accident in he became very reclusive. Hughes lived mostly in a Las Vegas h

Howard Hughes and His Larger-Than-Life Dream Machine, the Spruce Goose

Howard Hughes and His Larger-Than-Life Dream Machine, the Spruce Goose

Not originally published in LIFE. Howard Hughes at the controls of his Hercules troop transport plane, the "Spruce Goose," November

Howard Hughes' "Hornett" Fastest boat on Lake Tahoe for 20 years.

Hornet II, a stepped hull wooden hydroplane built by Gar Wood in the early and powered by a Packard aircraft engine, was modified by Howard Hughes to include an aluminum deck. From then on it never lost another race until it was retired in

Howard Hughes 1937

Howard Hughes Emerging From An Airplane Canvas Print / Canvas Art by Everett

Howard Hughes's H-4 Hercules - The "Spruce Goose" - It flew only once on Nov. 2, 1947.  The Hercules is the largest flying boat ever built and has the largest wingspan of any aircraft in history.  They really weren't sure it would lift off - but it did.

Howard Hughes' Hercules - The "Spruce Goose" - It flew only once on Nov. The Hercules is the largest flying boat ever built and has the largest wingspan of any aircraft in history. They really weren't sure it would lift off - but it did.

Howard Hughes and Katharine Hepburn | Katharine Hepburn

shoot a shotgun? It's the looking like Katharine Hepburn I need to work on. This photo is badass.

Jean Harlow + Howard Hughes

Jean Harlow & Ben Lyon from Howard Hughes' Hell’s Angels most seductive for its age.

Jean Harlow with Howard Hughes promoting "Hells Angels"

Jean Harlow attends the premiere of 'Hells Angels' with Howard Hughes at Grauman's Chinese Theater , May 1930

1947 -- Howard Hughes in his H-4 Hercules -- the "Spruce Goose "  (reportedly a nickname Hughes did not like).

1947 -- Howard Hughes in his Hercules -- the "Spruce Goose "

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