Fabulous Team

While the can't-do-it experts dug up more reasons why Henry J. Kaiser can't possibly build cargo planes, the big West Coast engineer found a sure-we'll-do-it partner. To his aid, on a 50-50 basis, came enormously wealthy, enormously successful Howard Hughes, speed flyer, technician, designer, builder, young man of vision, and a hardheaded businessman.

Howard Hughes, at 36, is no amateur in the business, is an airman's airman: holder of the transcontinental speed record (7 hr., 28 min.), holder of the round-the-world record (3 days, 19 hr., 8 min.), big shareholder in great...

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