Anigrand #AA2041 1/72 Hughes XF-11 (XP-73 / XA-37)

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Kit #AA2041. 1/72 scale. Highly-detailed resin kit with decals. In 1939, Hughes Aircraft used a special wooden structure with strength comparable to steel for a model D-2 bomber design proposal. The project interested the USAAF because metal material was becoming a scarce due to the war. In 1942, the D-2 was ordered under an attack aircraft designation XA-37. Later, it was considered as the XP-73 night fighter. In 1943, the wooden D-2 prototype was lost by fire accident in Hughes facility before it was inspected by USAAF. Based on its high speed and light weight records, USAAF purchased another metal structure version as a reconnaissance aircraft, the XF-11. Due to the engines delay, Hughes could not complete the aircraft until after the war was over. The USAAF decided to cancel the project but still paid for the two prototypes. In 1946, with Howard Hughes himself at the controls, the XF-11 made its maiden flight. An hour after taking off, the aircraft lost control and crashed in Beverly Hills. Hughes was badly injured and given a 50/50 chance of surviving. The second XF-11 prototype was modified and completed in 1947, and it was flight tested during 1948, with a recovered Hughes again at the controls. A cinematic recreation of the flight and crash of the first prototype was made famous in 2004's "The Aviator" with Leonardo DiCaprio as the enigmatic Hughes.

XF-11 Take-off from "The Aviator"
XF-11 Crash in Beverly Hills from "The Aviator"

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