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Howard Hughes : aviator

George J. Marrett


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  • Title:
    Howard Hughes : aviator
  • Author: George J. Marrett
  • Description: Early flying years -- Record flights -- Culver City and the war years -- Postwar era -- Test pilots and the early jet era -- Flight test division -- Transport aircraft for TWA -- Las Vegas -- Press conference -- Last flights -- Legacy of Howard Hughes.
    A test pilot for Howard Hughes separates fact from fiction to tell an insider's story of the aviation genius who set speed records in the 1930s and went on to develop some of America's most famous aircraft and weapons. George Marrett tested forty different military aircraft, and he draws on his personal experiences and those of other confidants to take readers inside Hughes's complex world, a world that has kept its secrets for nearly six decades. Both a gifted storyteller and an expert in the field of aviation, the author integrates stories of Hughes the ace pilot with Hughes the designer, who insisted on test flying every plane he built, and Hughes the businessman, who became America's first billionaire. Through revealing, humorous, and sometimes tragic stories, Marrett succeeds in providing a full picture of the elusive Hughes despite his insistence on working in secrecy. The author recounts the scores of aircraft Hughes purchased, borrowed, sometimes flew, and then stored all over the country, and he provides details of the top-secret airfield that Hughes owned at Culver City, just a few miles from the Los Angeles airport. Offering a narrative as exciting as its subject, Marrett begins in the 1920s when Hughes learned to fly at the Santa Monica airport, continues into the 1940s with his famous flight of the Spruce Goose, follows into the post-World War II era and the invention of airborne radar at the Hughes Aircraft Company, and then moves into the 1960s and 70s at the Culver City airport where Marrett tested weapon systems that are still in use by the U.S. military.
  • Local Note: acq2009his
  • Publication Date: c2004
  • Publisher: Annapolis : Naval Institute Press
  • Format: xi, 257 p., [16] p. of plates : ill ; 24 cm.
  • Identifier: ISBN 1591145104 (alk. paper);ISBN 9781591145103 (alk. paper)
  • Subjects: Hughes, Howard, 1905-1976; Millionaires -- United States -- Biography; Air pilots -- United States -- Biography
  • Language: English
  • Source: 01DAL UDM ALMA

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