Lodwick served as Hughes' flight operations manager and was responsible for mapping the route, making contact with government officials and airport managers to ensure that Hughes would be allowed to land, and arranging for refueling and repairs as necessary. (Ref. City of Lakeland, Florida)
The 1939 New York World's Fair Pays Tribute to Howard Hughes with a Ticker-tape Parade
On July 9, 1938, at 7:20 p.m., Howard Hughes and his flight crew departed from Floyd Bennet Field on Long Island in a Lockheed No. 14 Super Electra plane, named New York World's Fair 1939, on a "Round the World" flight to promote the upcoming fair.
The plane returned to Floyd Bennet Field on July 14, after completing the 14,672 flight in 3 days, 19 hours, 14 minutes, and 10 seconds, setting a new world's record.
The next day, Hughes and his crew were the center of attention in a New York Ticker-tape parade.