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A test pilot for Howard Hughes separates fact from fiction to tell an insider's story of the aviation genius who set speed records in the 1930s and went on to develop some of America's most famous aircraft and weapons. George Marrett tested forty different military aircraft, and he draws on his personal experiences and those of other confidants to take readers inside Hughes's complex world--a world that has kept its secrets for nearly six decades. Both a gifted storyteller and an expert in the field of aviation, the author integrates stories of Hughes the ace pilot with Hughes the designer, who insisted on test flying every plane he built, and Hughes the businessman, who became America's first billionaire. Through revealing, humorous, and sometimes tragic stories, Marrett succeeds in providing a full picture of the elusive Hughes despite his insistence on working in secrecy. The author recounts the scores of aircraft Hughes purchased, borrowed, sometimes flew, and then stored all over the country, and he provides details of the top-secret airfield that Hughes owned at Culver City, just a few miles from the Los Angles airport. Offering a narrative as exciting as its subject, Marrett begins in the 1920s when Hughes learned to fly at the Santa Monica airport, continues into the 1940s with his famous flight of the Spruce Goose, follows into the post-World War II era and the invention of airborne radar at the Hughes Aircraft Company, and then moves into the 1960s and 70s at the Culver City airport where Marrett tested weapon systems that are still in use by the U.S. military. The publication of this book precedes the December release of a movie about Hughes directed by Martin Scorcese andstarring Leonardo DiCaprio.

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Marrett, an experimental test pilot for Hughes Aircraft Company from 1969 to 1989, tells the inside story of Howard Hughes, the aviation genius who set speed records in the 1930s and went on to develop some of America's most famous aircraft and weapons, becoming the country's first billionaire. B&w historical photos are included.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN:
9781591145103
Subtitle:
Aviator
Author:
Marrett, George J
Author:
Marrett, George J.
Publisher:
US Naval Institute Press
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
Aviation - History
Subject:
Rich & Famous
Copyright:
Publication Date:
October 2004
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9.12x6.36x.87 in. 1.14 lbs.

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