Hughes H-1 Racer

Top of metalic silver and blue Hughes H-1 Racer aircraft in museum
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The Hughes H-1 racer, designed by Howard Hughes and Richard Palmer and built by Glenn Odekirk, 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 at Santa Ana, California. Highlighted in this image is the Hughes H-1 racer being displayed in the Golden Age of Flight exhibition.


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