Howard Hughes Sets Distance Speed Record

Howard Hughes Sets Air Speed Distance Record in Aircraft

On January 19, 1937, Howard Hughes flew non-stop from Union Air Terminal, Burbank (now Bob Hope Airport) in California to Newark Metropolitan Airport in New Jersey in his Hughes Aircraft Company H-1 Racer. He completed the flight in 7 hours, 28 minutes, and 25 seconds, breaking the previous record he had set one year prior in a Northrop Gamma.

The New York Times reported:

All landplane distance speed records were broken yesterday by Howard Hughes, millionaire sportsman pilot, who reached Newark Airport 7 hours 28 minutes and 25 seconds after he took off from Los Angeles, Calif. He was forced to stay aloft until the runway at the field was clear and landed at 1:03 P.M. His average speed was 332 miles an  hour for the 2,490 miles he traveled.

Aviation pioneer Howard Hughes Climbs in his H-1 Racer

"O to speed where there is space enough and air enough at last!" - Walt Whitman
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