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ALBERT I. LODWICK PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION, P700, 1938-55

Series III, Howard Hughes, 1937-38


Al Lodwick and Howard Hughes (r)

The photographs in this series concern Howard Hughes' around the world flight in 1938 in a then record time of 3 days, 19 hours and 14 minutes. Lodwick served as Hughes' flight operations manager and was responsible for mapping the route, making contact with government officials and airport managers to ensure that Hughes would be allowed to land, and arranging for refueling and repairs as necessary. Lodwick apparently collected the photographs in this series to commemorate his role in the flight.

The series consists primarily of photos of Howard Hughes in various settings. Included are a number of photos of Hughes and Lodwick together, photos of Hughes posing with his flight crew, photos of Hughes in the cockpit of the Lockheed 14 Monoplane which carried him and his crew around the world, and photos of Hughes being interviewed by the press. Perhaps the most interesting photograph in the series is one depicting Hughes and Lodwick in the White House with President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The occasion was the presentation by Roosevelt to Hughes of the Harmon International Trophy as the world's outstanding aviator for 1938.

The photographs of Hughes are remarkable in that they depict an apparently relaxed and frequently smiling Howard Hughes. It is a far different image than that of the paranoid recluse who made newspaper headline in the 1960's and 1970's.

Also included are photos of the Lockheed 14 Monoplane, photos of the New York City ticker tape parade held in Hughes' honor and individual portrait style photos of the four members of Hughes flight crew, Harry Connor, Edward Lund, Richard Stoddard and Thomas Thurlow.

The photographs are arranged alphabetically by name or subject. 

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1

Cartoon by Reg Manning of the Arizona Republic Commemorating Hughes' Flight

  

2

Connor, Harry (Co-Navigator on the Hughes Flight)

  

3

Flight Crew

  

4

Hughes, Howard and Lodwick. See also: Flight Crew

  

5

Hughes, Howard and Eddie Rickenbacker

  

6

Hughes, Howard in the Cockpit of the Lockheed 14

  

7

Hughes, Howard in a Group

  

8

Lockheed 14 Monoplane

  

9

Lund, Edward (Flight Engineer on the Hughes Flight)

  

10

Roosevelt, President Franklin D. (With Hughes and Lodwick for the Harmon International Trophy Presentation)

  

11

Stoddard, Richard (Radio Engineer on the Hughes Flight)

  

12

Thurlow, Thomas (Co-Navigator on the Hughes Flight)

  

13

Ticker Tape Parade in New York City for Hughes and his Crew