Firemen standing in remains of house destroyed by Howard Hughes’ FX-11 plane crash in Beverly Hills, 1946. .
American industrialist and aviator Howard Hughes sits in the cockpit of his new XF-11 plane, which was built in conjunction with the U.S. Army Air Force and designed especially for photo reconnaissance work, at Culver City, Calif., on July 7, 1946. The plane crashed later the day on its first flight, and although Hughes managed to escape out of the wreckage, he suffered third degree burns and major injuries in the accident.
July 7, 1946: Firemen view damage in vicinity of Lt. Col. Charles A. Meyer’s home, which was destroyed by blaze resulting from Howard Hughes plane crash. Towering flames at left are from break in natural gas outlet in the Meyer kitchen. At right, tail section of the FX-11 plane, parts of which hit four different houses. This photo was published in the July 8, 1946 Los angeles Times.