Presidential Influence: The Hughes D-2


With Britain and the Allies struggling for survival in a fierce battle with the Nazis, American industrial might was mobilized to supply them with the weapons and machines to beat back the German onslaught. Millionaire Howard Hughes was anxious to participate in the war effort to do his part to defeat Hitler. His intentions were not completely altruistic; a military contract would also have been extremely profitable for the Hughes Aircraft Company. He built the prototype D2, a speedy wooden fighter/ bomber entirely with his own money and in secret and hoped to amaze the US Army Air Force with it, but the plane was flatly rejected. Fortunately for Hughes, he had friends in high places.