The 1960s

Aircraft Program Evolution

  • Astronaut John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the earth.
  • The largest commercial aircraft of its time - the Boeing 747 - takes flight, as does the Concorde, the world’s first supersonic jet.
  • Apollo 11 lands on the moon. Neil Armstrong becomes the first man to walk on the moon.

Alcoa Aerospace Technology Evolution

  • Alcoa plays a role in nearly every aerospace advancement during the decade, developing specialty alloys for use in the Douglas DC-10 and the F-16 fighter craft; wing spars for the Boeing 747; and the largest forging ever produced for McDonnell Douglas.
  • Howmet Castings begins integral casting of blades and vanes for small gas turbine engines in helicopters, business jets and missiles.

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Alcoa develops special alloys used in the F-16 fighter craft