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Hughes H-1 Racer Short Kit

In 1935 Howard Hughes built what would become the world’s fastest, single engine land aircraft, the Hughes H-1 Racer.  It was developed for one purpose: to be the fastest land plane in the world.  It achieved this design goal on September 13, 1935 when it set a new world speed record of 353.322mph at the hand of Howard Hughes himself.

Designed by Howard Hughes, Richard Palmer, and a small team of engineers, it had many new features including a close fitting engine cowling, wing fillets, and the first use of hydraulically actuated landing gear.

Our H-1 is based off of the drawings of Paul Matt and has a very scale outline right down to the airfoil used on the original. Some washout helps tame the stall and make this one of our favorite performers.

Originally featured in the August 2006 Model Aviation magazine, we are now able to provide full size plans and illustrated construction manual with the short kit. For pure scratch builders, the plans are available from the AMA plans service.


NEW laminated cowling, reduces the amount of shaping and sanding, and simplifies installation  of the firewall.

Laser cut balsa and plywood fuselage formers

Fuselage is built on a removable crutch

Wing has a foam core and 1/32" balsa sheeting
(Optional built up wing on plans)


  • Scale:1/12
  • Wing Span: 32"
  • Length: 25.8"
  • Wing Area: 195 sq. in. 
  • Weight: 22 oz. 
  • Wing Loading: 16oz./sq. ft. 
  • Recommended Motors: AstroFlight Geared 020, or 1000kV Outrunner. 
  • Recommended Battery: 3S 2000mAhr LiPo's 
  • Built up fuselage, 1/8" sheet balsa tail feathers, sheeted foam core wing (optional built up wing on plans)

Kit Contents

  • 5 Sheets of laser cut balsa and plywood fuselage formers and cowl
  • Professionally cut foam wing cores 
  • Full size plans
  • Photo illustrated construction manual