YouTube – Hughes H-1 Racer
24 ft. 11 in.
352 mph est.
2,500 fpm est.
Hughes H-1 Racer
The Hughes H-1 Racer was designed to meet the needs of the most advanced air racers of the era. Various versions did not get beyond the prototype stage, until the slick aircraft was developed.
It made its maiden flight on September 13 1935 during which it set an unofficial speed record of 352 mph. Subsequently it set a number of world records. Eventually the aircraft logged over 1,800 flying hours before being retired.
The search for more speed led Hughes to design an updated, improved aircraft, based on the most modern technology available at the time. The Hughes H-1 Racer engine featured specially ported heads, a high compression ratio, and a strengthened structure to withstand high speed operations.
The wing design featured a streamlined leading edge and revised aileron controls for speed and maneuverability. Although the fuselage was of metal construction, the wing was constructed from wood.
The replica of the Hughes H-1 Racer, as seen in the picture above, was built by James Wright. Unfortunately the aircraft was lost, killing Wright.
RC Hughes H-1 Racer
Cleveland Model has plans for a 20 in. wingspan RC Hughes H-1 Racer.
The AMA Plans Service has RC Hughes H-1 Racer plans from a Musciano design. Wingspan is 45 in. Plan no. 22547.
The AMA Plans Service has plans designed by Jim Young for a 32 in. wingspan RC Hughes H-1 Racer. Plan no. 00991.
The slope soarer RC Hughes H-1 Racer by Leading Edge Gliders has a 60 in. wingspan.
There are RC Hughes H-1 Racer plans at the AMA plans service from Scale Plans. Wingspan is 80 in. Plan no. 50147.
Forest Morris of Jasper GA writes: “I have taken RC Hughes H-1 Racer plans by L.F. “Jim” Pepino, enlarged them to 28% of full scale and have a 107 in. wingspan version under construction. The build thread is on rcscalebuilder.com.
Forest, thank you for telling us about where to find the plans for the RC Hughes Racer. We wish you all the best on your project.