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Old September 20th 07, 05:19 PM posted to rec.aviation.piloting
javawizard
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In 1946 a test pilot lost control of his plywood airplane over Beverly
Hills, California and plowed into a neighborhood, damaging a few
houses. The test pilot was Howard Hughes. - from www.odd-info.com

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Old September 20th 07, 06:54 PM posted to rec.aviation.piloting
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javawizard wrote:
In 1946 a test pilot lost control of his plywood airplane over Beverly
Hills, California and plowed into a neighborhood, damaging a few
houses. The test pilot was Howard Hughes. - from www.odd-info.com

That scene was in the movie The Aviator.
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Old September 20th 07, 07:18 PM posted to rec.aviation.piloting
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javawizard wrote in news:1190305174.005153.236440
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In 1946 a test pilot lost control of his plywood airplane over Beverly
Hills, California and plowed into a neighborhood, damaging a few
houses. The test pilot was Howard Hughes. - from www.odd-info.com


That airplane was not plywood.


Bertie
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Old September 20th 07, 07:25 PM posted to rec.aviation.piloting
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Recently, BillJ posted:

javawizard wrote:
In 1946 a test pilot lost control of his plywood airplane over
Beverly Hills, California and plowed into a neighborhood, damaging a
few houses. The test pilot was Howard Hughes. - from www.odd-info.com

That scene was in the movie The Aviator.

I especially liked the way the aluminum wing cut through several units of
a brick apartment building. He must have been going close to the speed of
light! ;-)

Neil



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Old September 20th 07, 07:36 PM posted to rec.aviation.piloting
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javawizard wrote:
In 1946 a test pilot lost control of his plywood airplane over Beverly
Hills, California and plowed into a neighborhood, damaging a few
houses. The test pilot was Howard Hughes. - from www.odd-info.com


here's more.
Indeed not plywood.
http://www.check-six.com/Crash_Sites...crash_site.htm
Dang, He almost made the golf course.

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Old September 20th 07, 10:52 PM posted to rec.aviation.piloting
Steven P. McNicoll
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"javawizard" wrote in message
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In 1946 a test pilot lost control of his plywood airplane over Beverly
Hills, California and plowed into a neighborhood, damaging a few
houses. The test pilot was Howard Hughes. - from www.odd-info.com


Really? What was the aircraft?


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Old September 22nd 07, 03:29 AM posted to rec.aviation.piloting
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Default Howard Hughes' Little Airplane Accident in Hollywood

On 2007-09-20 09:19:34 -0700, javawizard said:

In 1946 a test pilot lost control of his plywood airplane over Beverly
Hills, California and plowed into a neighborhood, damaging a few
houses. The test pilot was Howard Hughes. - from www.odd-info.com


It severely damaged Howard Hughes. He nearly died from burns on his lungs.

As others have noted, it was not plywood. It was made of aluminum. The
XF-11 was patterned after an earlier plywood plane, the D-2, that
Howard Hughes had built, which may be the source of confusion. However,
the D-2 was destroyed by fire before the XF-11 was even built.

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Old September 22nd 07, 01:27 PM posted to rec.aviation.piloting
Jay Honeck
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That scene was in the movie The Aviator.

I especially liked the way the aluminum wing cut through several units of
a brick apartment building. He must have been going close to the speed of
light! ;-)


Yep, that scene nearly ruined an otherwise great movie. Whoever
their aviation adviser was on that flick was either over-ruled by the
director, or a complete maroon.
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Old September 22nd 07, 02:29 PM posted to rec.aviation.piloting
C J Campbell[_1_]
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On 2007-09-20 11:25:45 -0700, "Neil Gould" said:

Recently, BillJ posted:

javawizard wrote:
In 1946 a test pilot lost control of his plywood airplane over
Beverly Hills, California and plowed into a neighborhood, damaging a
few houses. The test pilot was Howard Hughes. - from www.odd-info.com

That scene was in the movie The Aviator.

I especially liked the way the aluminum wing cut through several units of
a brick apartment building. He must have been going close to the speed of
light! ;-)

Neil


Hmm. I thought it was just scraping tiles off a roof. I'll have to look
at it again.
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Old September 22nd 07, 02:52 PM posted to rec.aviation.piloting
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"C J Campbell" wrote

Hmm. I thought it was just scraping tiles off a roof. I'll have to look at
it again.


It was. They were terra-cotta roof tiles, which have the color and somewhat
the consistency of bricks, so it would be easy to confuse the two.
--
Jim in NC


 




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