Transport: Record Into Beet Patch

Into a beet field just off the racing course at Santa Ana, Calif, one day last week dived a big metal airplane in a swirl of black smoke. Plunking its belly down on the soft earth it suffered no more damage than a crumpled landing gear, dented fuselage, broken propeller. Cursing darkly, a handsome young man jumped out unscratchcd after having made the fastest flight in the history of landplanes.

The dissatisfied young man was Howard Hughes, 30-year-old bachelor, nephew of Author Rupert Hughes. A pilot since he was 14, this ultra-rich young...