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Howard Hughes, US aviation pioneer

Howard Hughes (1905-1976), American aviation pioneer. Hughes was 16 when his mother died. When his father died unexpectedly two years later, Hughes inherited the family estate and dropped out of university. In 1932, Hughes formed the Hughes Aircraft Company to indulge his passion for aircraft. Two years later, Hughes built and test- piloted the worlds most advanced plane, the H-1, in which he set a new speed record of 352 miles per hour. Hughes went on to set two more transcontinental records. Hughes died in 1976, having lived as recluse for the last 20 years of his life

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Aeroplane Aviation Aviator Fastest Pilot Pioneer Plane Speed Billionaire Enthusiast Howard Hughes Hypochondriac Mono Chrome Recluse Record Setting Transcontinental


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This print showcases the enigmatic figure of Howard Hughes, an iconic American aviation pioneer. Born in 1905, Hughes faced early adversity with the loss of his mother at the age of 16 and his father's unexpected death two years later. Inheriting the family estate, he made a bold decision to drop out of university and pursue his passion for aircraft. In 1932, Hughes established the renowned Hughes Aircraft Company as a means to indulge his deep fascination with aviation. Just two years later, he astounded the world by constructing and test-piloting the revolutionary H-1 plane - an engineering marvel that shattered speed records at an incredible 352 miles per hour. This achievement marked only the beginning of his remarkable career. Hughes continued to push boundaries and set new standards in transcontinental flight, breaking records not once but twice more. However, despite these extraordinary accomplishments, he lived out his final two decades as a recluse - a mysterious figure who withdrew from public life. This monochrome portrait captures both the determination etched on Hughes' face and hints at the complexities that defined him: aviator, hypochondriac, billionaire. It serves as a timeless tribute to this legendary individual whose contributions forever shaped aviation history.

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