Hughes Racer

    The Hughes H-1 racer was developed to be the fastest landplane in the world.  It was designed by Howard Hughes and Richard Palmer and built by Glenn Odekirk. On September 13, 1935, Hughes achieved the design goal by flying the H-1 to a new world speed record of 352.322 mph. The record was set over a specially instrumented course near Santa Ana, California.
      Although designed for record-setting purposes, it had an enormous impact on the design of high-performance aircraft for years to come. The Hughes H-1 racer was a major milestone aircraft on the road to such radial engine-powered World War II fighters as the American Grumman F6F Hellcat and Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, the Japanese Mitsubishi Type 0 (Zero), and the German Focke-WuIf FW 190. It demonstrated that properly designed radial-engine aircraft could compete with the lower-drag inline designs despite having larger frontal areas because of their radial engine installations.
    The H-1 was kept in the Hughes factory at Culver City, California, until it was donated to the Smithsonian Institution in 1975. It is now exhibited in the Golden Age of Flight gallery of the National Air and Space Museum.

Hugher H1 Racer

Hughes Racer
Deluxe Series Model.  1/20th scale.  15" wingspan x 15" long.
  No. ABR3D-DX.  Only $129.95
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