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Photograph of second XF-11 plane prior to take-off, April 4, 1947

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Photograph of second XF-11 plane prior to take-off, April 4, 1947
The second Hughes XF-11 prototype is seen on a runway, prior to take-off. Automobiles and media members are also on the runway.
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Gary Scott2010-09-08 @ 11:38 AM
Interesting that this second, and only remaining XF-11 had only a single propeller attached to each engine, where the original had a pair of contra-rotating props on the nose of each nacelle. It was a failure of the second(rear) prop on the starboard engine that caused the crash when it went to full-reverse-thrust pitch. Hughes brought the crash on himself when he violated the rules for that first flight by extending the time beyond 45 minutes. Had he landed as prescribed, the oil leak would have been discovered and saved him a lot of grief, not to mention the awful injuries he sustained. I'm curious about what engines the XF-11 had. He used R-4360's in the H-4 Hercules flying boat, and I would guess he employed the same in the F-11.
Donna2011-11-21 @ 02:22 PM
Tom2011-11-21 @ 02:23 PM
Rich2012-01-04 @ 04:34 PM
This is the time Howard test fliess the XF-11 for the secound time. After the crash of the first one, it was a flawless flight. He even used the reguired amount of gas, but the plane was unwanted by the Navy. The truth is they just didn't want to deal with Howard Hughes after he ignored the rules of pre-flight of a new plane. He never wore a helmet. Just a Stetson hat.
Reed Cappaert2013-05-20 @ 07:03 PM
I still think the builders of the P-38 stole the design from Howard on his D-2 / XF-11. Alot of the designers were of Howard's crew formerly till he was forced to lay them off and another company hired them! The design is the same except for size and engines, Radials for inlines.