Howard Hughes original 1952 photo, XH-17 helicopter

The Man.

Howard Robard Hughes, Jr. ( December 24 , 1905 - April 5 , 1976 ) was a pioneering American aviator , engineer , industrialist , and film producer . He was widely known as a playboy and one of the wealthiest people in the world. He is famous for setting multiple world air-speed records, building the Hughes H-1 Racer and H-4 Hercules airplanes, producing the movies Hell's Angels and The Outlaw , owning and expanding TWA , and for his increasingly eccentric behavior later in life.

I picked up this photo in Culver City California 25 years ago - dated Oct 23 rd 1952

It is a classic pose of Mr Hughes taken just 5 years after he flew the Spruce Goose

I am not sure who the other men are but one looks like the test pilot of the XH-17

8X10" with stamp of Hughes Aircraft on back - dated Oct 23 1952 - great condition

I would think original photos of him are rare

About the aircraft:

1952 The first helicopter produced by Hughes, the giant XH-17 Flying


The XH-17, which had a two-bladed main rotor system with a diameter of 134 feet, was capable of flying at a gross weight of more than 50,000 pounds. The XH-17 was a heavy-lift rotorcraft that was designed to lift loads in excess of 15 metric tons.

In the late 1940s, Hughes developed
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