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Published on Mar 8, 2010
On July 10, 1938, Howard Hughes completed a flight around the world in just 91 hours (3 days, 19 hours), beating the previous record by more than four hours. Taking off from New York City, he continued to Paris, Moscow, Omsk, Yakutsk, Anchorage, Minneapolis, and continued to New York City. For this flight he did not fly an aircraft of his own design but a Lockheed Super Electra (a twin-engine transport with a four-man crew) fitted with all of the latest radio and navigational equipment. Hughes wanted the flight to be a triumph of technology, illustrating that safe, long-distance air travel was possible. This newsreel footage of Hughes' triumphant return to the U.S.A. was obtained for use in a documentary The Legend of Pancho Barnes, about Howard Hughes' friend Florence "Pancho" Barnes. Although the footage did not end up in the finished film, a segment on the DVD does discuss their remarkable friendship. You can read more about this at the website of the film, www.LegendofPanchoBarnes.com