The Aviator

One of the most financially successful individuals in the world during his lifetime, Howard Hughes was an American business magnate, film director and record-setting pilot.

His life and story is notably captured in the 2004 film, The Aviator staring Leonardo DiCaprio, which won five Academy Awards. Howard was a multi-hyphenate and his accomplishments span various fields such as aviation (set the world record for the fastest flight around the world in 1938), filming (winning Academy Award for Best Director for just his second film, Two Arabian Knights) and real estate (he is largely credited for transforming Las Vegas from its Wild West roots into a more refined cosmopolitan city).

During his recovery from a near-fatal aircraft accident in 1946, he even helped invent the modern hospital bed by designing a customised bed equipped with running water and operated by 30 electric motors with push button adjustments specifically to alleviate his own pain caused by burn injuries.

Fun fact: When Stan Lee was creating Iron Man in 1963 , he modelled Tony Stark after Hughes’s early life and lavish lifestyle.

Even after accomplishing so much, Howard became more known for his eccentric behaviour and reclusive lifestyle late in his life. Regardless, his story is one that reminds us to always strive to do the impossible; especially in the face of people who tell you that your ideas are merely fantasies.

Our Howard sock was designed with multi-directional airplanes in muted grey and bright yellow to commemorate his accomplishments and contributions to aviation.

 

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