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Hughes Racer
(Hughes H-1 Racer)

Hughes H-1 Racer
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P&W R-1535
1,000 hp.
3,565 lbs.
5,492 lbs.
250 gals.
26 ft.
24 ft. 11 in.
246 mph
352 mph est.
2,500 fpm est.
22,500 feet
2,600 miles

The Hughes 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 unoficial 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 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.

The replica of the Hughes Racer, as seen in the picture above, was built by James Wright. Unfortunately the aircraft was lost, killing Wright.

Hughes H-1 Racer
Hughes Racer

Pictured above is a Hughes Racer from T&J Models. It comes as a short kit and has a wingspan of 32". Recommended power comes from geared 020 or outrunner electric motors.

Hughes Racer

The 1/12 scale Hughes Racer from Jim Young has a wingspan of 32" and a length of 26". Jim powers it with an Astro Flight 020 geared motor.

Hughes Racer

The slope soarer Hughes Racer by Leading Edge Gliders has a 60" wingspan. J. Ludwick built the model. In the picture it is being flown by Steve Lange.

Hughes Racer

The Hughes Racer pictured immediately above is slope soarer from a Leading Edge Gliders kit. It was built by Eric Eaton.

Maxford USA has a Hughes Racer that is an ARF. It has a 40" wingspan, is 33" long, and weighs about 30 oz. It needs a Speed 400 size motor for power.

Kit Cutters has a Hughes Racer in a kit. It has a wingspan of 80" and is 64 1/2" long. Power can come from a 1.8 c.i.d. engine. Plans are also available.

Cleveland Model has plans for a 20" wingspan Hughes Racer.

The AMA Plans Service has Hughes Racer plans from a Musciano design. Wingspan is 45". Plan no. 22547.

The AMA Plans Service has plans designed by Jim Young for a 32" wingspan Hughes Racer. No. 00991.

There are Hughes Racer plans at the AMA plans service from Scale Plans. Wingspan is 80". No. 50147.

Forest Morris of Jasper GA writes: "I saw your web site and request for information on the Hughes Racer. I have taken Hughes Racer plans by L.F. "Jim" Pepino, enlarged them to 28% of full scale and have a 107" 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 Hughes Racer. We wish you all the best on your project and hope to hear about its successful flight.

Precision Cut Kits has plans for a Hughes Racer. It has a wingspan of 80" and comes from a Pepino plan.

At RCGroups nicoyenny started a thread about the Hughes Racer.

Madt of RCGroups is designing a Hughes Racer.

At RCGroups netmechanic started a Hughes Racer build thread.

Flybry of RCGroups is looking for Hughes Racer drawings.

Neil Morse of RCGroups is looking for a Hughes Racer.

Curt4209 posted a video of his Hughes Racer on YouTube.

At WattFlyer flyranger started a thread about building a Hughes Racer.

SkySharkster of WattFlyer mentions a Hughes Racer kit in a posting.

At RCUniverse racingjeff1 posted pictures and a description of his Hughes Racer.

At RCUniverse coyote216 started a Hughes Racer build thread.

Byron of RCUniverse is looking for Hughes Racer plans.

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