The Aviator – The Life of Influential Aviator Howard Hughes

June 18, 2007 by  
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The movie, The Aviator, was released on the 14th of December 2004 at the premiere held in New York City. Martin Scorsese directed The Aviator film, a movie adapted from a book written by John Logan, a well-known playwriter.

The Aviator is a biographical film depicting the life of the eccentric Howard Hughes, a famous aviator and film producer. The movie begins in the 1920s at the beginning of Hughes’ career as a pioneer in the aviation industry. During the course of this biographical film we are shown the incredible success Howard Hughes experienced in the public limelight, as well as a glimpse into his private life where we see him as an out of control aviation genius.

The Aviator begins with Howard Hughes directing a film called ‘Hell’s Angels’. The Hell’s Angels movie set during World War I has a scene in which military aircraft engage in a dogfight. Hughes was obsessed with obtaining a perfect scene and he wanted the clouds in a particular formation during the filming of the dogfight. Only after eight months did Howard Hughes find the conditions ideal for filming this particular aerial scene.

The movie also illustrates Howard Hughes’ success with many of the other projects, including aviation, which he gradually became more interested over the years. Eventually, he established Hughes Aircraft which created the H-4 Hercules flying boat. The Hughes H-4 Hercules made only one flight in 1947. Howard Hughes was also active in building military aircraft during World War II.

In commercial aviation, Howard Hughes bought a majority interest in Transcontinental & Western Air then known as Trans World Airlines. Executives of Pan American Airlines, a competing airline, were said to be fearful by Hughes commercial aviation success. Hughes also excelled in other areas of aviation. In 1935, Hughes broke the speed record set by Charles Lindbergh, whilst piloting the H-1 racer airplane. Howard Hughes also managed to fly around the world in just four days- which was then world’s record.

In comparison to his well organized and highly successful aviation career, Howard Hughes’ private life was more complicated. Hughes was afflicted with obsessive compulsiveness disorders and his condition got progressively worse until it finally reached the point where the mere idea of leaving his room was just too much for him. Soon Howard Hughes became a recluse and died under mysterious circumstances.

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