Today in aviation history – 19th February

On 19th February 1937 Howard Hughes took a flight from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey. The flight lasted for 7 hours 28 minutes and 25 seconds. No one ever before was able to do it in such short time. Howard Hughes was an American billionaire, pilot, aerial constructor and film producer. During the World War II he was responsible for working on cargo aircraft H-4 Hercules that was supposed to transport large amount of soldiers and military equipment. Hughes’ life is described by Martin Scorsese’s movie ‘Aviator’.