Before he built the “Spruce Goose” and bought up half of Las Vegas, Howard Hughes left Houston for Hollywood to make motion pictures.
The Texas tycoon in Tinsel Town is the subject of “This Week in Texas History” for Wednesday, January 29 through Tuesday, February 4. Be sure to read this column in your local newspaper or with your very own private email subscription available on this web site.
With Texas tycoon Howard Hughes at the controls, the controversial flying boat popularly known as the “Spruce Goose” rose into the air for the first and last time on November 2, 1947.
Hughes told a congressional hearing that if H-4 Hercules “is a failure, I’ll probably leave this country and never come back.” Having proved his point by getting the aircraft with the longest wingspan in history off the water, the eccentric millionaire locked it away in a Long Beach hangar.