The 1980s

Aircraft Program Evolution

  • Boeing introduces the 767 to compete in the medium-range market with the Airbus A310.
  • The Space Shuttle Columbia becomes the first craft to be used for more than one space mission, boosted by aluminum powder propellant produced by Alcoa.
  • NASA issues initial construction contracts for the international space station.


Alcoa Aerospace Technology Evolution

  • Alcoa launches a major initiative to develop lightweight aerospace aluminum-lithium alloys. They are used in several major space program applications.
  • Alcoa alloy 7050-T7751 is used on the C-17.
  • Huck introduces an all-titanium blind fastener that is used in the C-17, EFA and Raytheon Premier I.
Space Shuttle

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The Space Shuttle is boosted by aluminum powder propellant produced by Alcoa.