Fifty Years Ago

The millionaire industrialist Howard Hughes set a record for flying around the world when his twin-engine Lockheed 14 plane, New York World’s Fair 1939, returned to New York’s Floyd Bennett Field on July 14. Hughes and his four-man crew made hurried pit stops in Paris, Moscow, Siberia, Fairbanks, and Minneapolis to complete their global circuit in three days, nineteen hours, and seventeen minutes, cutting Wiley Post’s 1933 record in half. Read more »