1/72 scale Hughes XF-11 reconnaissance airplane from mysterious aviator

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#AA-2041   1/72 scale  Hughes XF-11 (XP-73 / XA-37)  reconnaissance airplane from mysterious aviator


Model Kit Contents (click the image for larger photo)

Model Features

16 resin parts


Clear-resin canopy & Decal


Span 428 mm


Length 276 mm


Unit price: US$68

Shipping charge: US$9.00

Each model kit contents 1 set of decal. Extra decals can also be ordered.

Extra decal



Aircraft History and Specification

In 1939, Hughes Aircraft used a special wooden structure which strength comparable to steel for a proposal of bomber design, the model D-2. The project interested USAAF because metal material was becoming a scare by the war. In 1942, the D-2 was ordered under an attack aircraft designation XA-37. Later it was considered as a night fighter XP-73. 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 even the war was over. USAAF decided to cancel the project but still paid for two prototypes. In 1946, with Howard Hughes himself at the control, the first XF-11 made its first flight but destroyed by crash. The second XF-11 was modified and completed in 1947, and it was flight tested during 1948. Afterward Hughes created aerospace and helicopter divisions, and never built other airplane.










Photographic reconnaissance aircraft

To create high speed, long range airplane for USAAF




2x Pratt & Whitney Model R-4360-31 radial engines

450 mph




Model References

The Hughes XF-11 is suitable to group with the following collection series.

U.S.A.A.F. Reconnaissance airplane in WWII 1939~1945

Beech F-2 (C-45) Expeditor

Douglas XF-3 (A-20) Havoc

Lockheed F-4 (P-38) Lightning

Lockheed F-5 (P-38) Lightning

North American F-6 (P-51) Mustang

Consolidated XF-7 (B-24D) Liberator

DeHavilland F-8 Mosquito

Boeing F-9 (B-17) Flying Fortress

North American F-10 (B-25) Mitchell

Hughes XF-11 (XF-73/XA-37)

Republic XF-12 Rainbow

Boeing F-13A (B-29) Super Fortress

Lockheed XF-14 (P-80) Shooting Star

Northrop XF-15 Reporter

Airplane respond to  U.S.A.A.F. long-range Foto-recon. competition

Hughes XF-11 (XF-73/XA-37)

Republic XF-12 Rainbow

Boeing F-13A (B-29) Super Fortress


War -time U.S. experimental aircraft


Post-war U.S. experimental aircraft