Howard Hughes "standing in front of his new Boeing Army Pursuit Plane" (Boeing 100A) in Inglewood, California in the 1940s. The black "halo" is presumably intended to make the head stand out better. (Not uncommon at the time for photos intended to be reproduced via low resolution newsprint wire photos) The photo is from the Library of Congress, specifically reproduction number LC-USZ62-63333. The library says "No copyright found; checked by staff December 2000."
On this day, January 19th, 1937, Howard Hughes set a new air record. The big time movie producer flew from Los Angeles, California to New York City in 7 hours, 28 minutes and 25 seconds. Hughes was an avid aviator and set multiple air speed records. He also built his own aircraft. Hughes acquired and expanded Trans World Airlines, now known as American Airlines.