Aluminum Materials

Credit: National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution

The Hughes H-1 racer, designed by Howard Hughes and Richard Palmer, was developed to be the fastest landplane in the world. On September 13, 1935, Hughes achieved this design goal by flying the H-1 to a new world speed record of 567 kilometers (352 miles) per hour. The H-1 fuselage is made of bare aluminum.

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