"Sir Peter Masefield, who died on February 14 aged 91, was one of the leading figures in Britain's post-war aviation industry, playing an important role at British European Airways (BEA) and in the development of the Britannia aircraft; from 1965 to 1971 he was chairman of the British Airports Authority."
Close but no cigar:
"On a visit to America to sell the Britannia, Masefield spent "a fascinating week" with Howard Hughes, who insisted on flying the aircraft with bare feet, claiming that he got a better feel of it through his toes. Hughes was impressed, and asked for 30 aircraft for TWA. Unfortunately, Bristol's capacity was unable to meet Hughes's demand for one a week from May 1957. In all during Masefield's period in charge, 85 Britannias were built, 60 for BOAC and 25 for RAF Transport Command."