Lot #208
Howard Hughes

Historic fully signed portrait of Howard Hughes's around-the-world crew
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Estimate: $4000+


Historic fully signed portrait of Howard Hughes's around-the-world crew

Exquisite vintage glossy 9.5 x 7.5 photo of Howard Hughes with the crew from his 1938 flight around the world, signed in fountain by all pictured: Howard Hughes, crew members Harry Connor, Tommy Thurlow, Dick Stoddard, and Edward Lund, and operations manager Al Lodwick. In fine condition. Though covers signed by this group are sometimes seen, signed photos are very rare.

In order to promote the New York World's Fair, Hughes was recruited to make a special around-the-world flight in a specially designed Lockheed 14N ‘Super Electra.' Aided by this crew and the organizational skill of Al Lodwick, Hughes took off from Floyd Bennett Field on Long Island, New York, on July 10, 1938, setting a new around-the-world record of 3 days, 19 hours, and 8 minutes when he returned on July 14th. He hoped the flight would be a triumph of American aviation technology, illustrating that safe, long-distance air travel was possible—a mission he accomplished with enormous success. From the James A. Bowman Collection.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autographs and Artifacts
  • Dates: #583 - Ended May 13, 2020

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