The 1970s

Aircraft Program Evolution

  • McDonnell Douglas’ DC-10 flies for the first time, transporting about 270 passengers.
  • The Airbus A300 enters service with Air France, the first European wide-body aircraft.


Alcoa Aerospace Technology Evolution

  • Alcoa introduces high-strength alloys that play a critical role in the A6 Intruder, F/A-18 Hornet and the cruise missile.
  • Alcoa alloy 7150 is now used in the joining process of every aero structure of this era.
  • Howmet develops Hot Isostatic Pressing technology, for extremely high temperature advanced castings used in jet engines.
HIP Technology

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Howmet develops Hot Isostatic Pressing technology, for extremely high temperature advanced castings used in jet engines.