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During his 70-year life Howard Hughes created principles in aviation defense electronics communications and films that carry on to cast a shadow But he had a tragic flaw He was fanatical about control His incapacity to share power with others brought many of his ventures close to financial failure Hughes created one of the biggest defense-industry flops of all time and led to a lonesome death as an eccentric loner at the age of 70 Hughes was born in Houston Texas on December 24th 1905 to a Texas His father invented a drill bit called the rock eater that let drillers tap into previously inaccessible oil deposits That bit created the basis for Hughes Tool Co When Hughes was 18 his father died leaving him 75 percent control of Hughes Tool That was not enough for the younger Hughes and he bought out the rest of the family But he wasnt interested in being caught up with the companys management he just used the money made from the company to finance his extravagant life Hughes left Houston for Los Angeles in order to pursue a Hollywood career in making movies The quality of the films he produced while in Hollywood varied but among them were Hells Angels and Scarface which created changes in censorship laws In 1932 Hughes decided in another career change as he moved into the aviation industry He began winning air races setting long-distance records and formed Hughes Aircraft Corporation He then flew a two-engine Lockheed plane around the world in less than four days a fete he saw as a light into technology and the future of passenger travel Hughes decided to buy TWA He financed the Lockheed Constellation the most advanced passenger plane of the time Lockheed was able to produce the Constellation mainly because Hughes distanced himself from the important project During World War II Hughes turned his sights to defense contracting but wound up having
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