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    Howard Hughes Writes About "Adm. John Towers - first Naval aviator...the one who took me out on the carrier." Howard Hughes autograph note signed, "H," 1/2 page, 8 1/2" x14" lined yellow sheet, no place, no date, but is circa 1966-1967. Addressed to his wife, actress Jean Peters the document reads in full: "Dearest, Dearest, I am sorry as any poor creature can be that I am so late. I worked practically all day to button up the matter we have been discussing - A last minute attempt to wreck it as I expected. I felt it absolutely had to be signed today. I love you so very much. Honey, how late will you be up?" Jean Peters responds with an. autograph note signed, "J," beneath her husband's note. In full: "Dear Heart - I slept late & am watching Joe Pyne on #11 which is a real kook show. So whenever you are ready, is fine. I will be 'wakeful' till at least 1:00 - But I hope not later. Love J." Howard Hughes note, not signed, but on verso does not relate to correspondence on recto. In full: "I will send message the minute Dr. leaves. Just pick any one at far end. I thought you were reaching for new syringe." Upside down: "I don't think it would be a very happy to swindle those two cut throats. I would be afraid. This is based on the life of Adm. John Towers. - first Naval aviator and a very close personal friend of mine. He is the one who took me out on the carrier." At the left edge: "They are showing him as a commander at Pearl Harbor." At the right edge: "They certainly are taking poetic license - He was a Capt. before start of war." John Towers (1885-1955) commanded the USS Langley, the Navy's first aircraft carrier. In 1921, he began training of Navy pilots in land planes, in his anticipation of the requirements of the Navy's aircraft carriers yet to come. In 1922, the Navy converted a Collier into the Langley, the first aircraft carrier and gradually solved the practical problems of operating aircraft from it. In June 1939, Towers became Chief of the Bureau of Aeronautics, with the rank of Admiral, becoming the first Naval Aviator to achieve that rank. In his note, Hughes mistakenly said that Towers was a Captain before the start of the war. Fine condition. A very unusual selection. Accompanied by COA from PSA/DNA.

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