In the summer of 1983, Captain William Howard Hughes, Jr. of the U.S. Air Force (USAF) was on an assignment to undertake joint work with European colleagues. After he’d finished the project, he took a two-week vacation. His peers in the U.S. expected him back at work on August 1. But he just didn’t show up.
Details about Hughes’ childhood and family background are sketchy, but we know he was 31 in 1983 so he must have been born in 1951 or 1952. Hughes joined the USAF in 1973 when he would have been in his early twenties.