Aero Telemetry built a museum scale replica of the world famous Hughes H-1 Racer for celebrating the 75 year anniversary of the Academy of Model Aeronautics. The plane was featured at the celebration event held at AMA headquarters in Muncie, Indiana in July 2011.
H-1 RACER HISTORY
Howard Hughes built his H1 Racer specifically for speed. His goal was to break the world speed record of 314 miles per hour. On Friday, September 13, 1935 Hughes got his chance to do just that. He took off from Santa Ana Airport in Orange County California and then attempted multiple passes with the crew clocking his speed from the ground below. He flew for an hour and fifteen minutes until he finally ran the Hughes Racer out of fuel. With the landing gear up Howard Hughes landed the racer in a nearby beet field. Both he and the H1 only sustained minor damage.
Although he ran out of fuel, Howard Hughes achieved his goal and broke the world speed record by being clocked at 352 miles per hour.
H-1 RACER DESIGN AND BUILD
Aero Telemetry built a museum quality 1/2 scale replica of the world famous Hughes H-1 Racer for celebrating the 75 year anniversary of the Academy of Model Aeronautics. Most importantly, the plane had to comply with the 125 lb weight limit. Completely re-designed by Joe's team and built almost entirely of carbon fiber in less than 5 months, the AMA 75th Anniversary Edition of The Aviator H-1 Racer weighed in at 122 lbs ready to fly.
H-1 RACER FLIGHTS
Piloted by Greg Hahn, AMA Technical Director, the spectacular airplane flew 7 times and headlined the weekend celebration event held at AMA headquarters in Muncie, Indiana in July 2011.