Designer: Katz / Pepino
Scale: 2.5″ = 1′
Wingspan: 80 in.
Wing Area: 1285 sq. “
Weight: 16 pounds
Power Required: 9 to 1.2 4 stroke engine
Howard Hughes was a millionaire that was involved in movies and
oil drilling equipment but had a passion for aircraft, fast aircraft. In 1935 he gave the specs for a single engine racing plane to his chief designer, Richard Palmer.
In 1936 Hughes set a world land based record of 352 mile per hour.
Later he lengthened the wing and set a Transcontinental world speed record in the H-1 Racer. It was the first aircraft to utilize flush rivets. The polished aluminum
fuselage was beautiful, smooth and a streamlined. It had retractable main gear and a skid for the tail wheel.