2000 and Beyond
Aircraft program evolution
- Lockheed Martin is selected by the U.S. Department of Defense to design and build the Joint Strike Fighter, the next generation fighter aircraft.
Alcoa Aerospace technology evolution
- Alcoa Huck develops the XPL® Lockbolt Fastener to support the Airbus A380 Wing Center Section assembly process.
- Alcoa Aerospace develops a high-strength, secure cockpit door prototype for global commercial aircraft.
- Howmet - through its partner Pratt & Whitney - develops components for the F-22 and Joint Strike Fighter programs.
- Huck Fasteners, Fairchild Fasteners become part of Alcoa, creating a comprehensive array of aerospace expertise and positioning Alcoa for a new century of aerospace innovation.
- Boeing selects Alcoa to provide the first large aluminum-lithium plate application on a commercial airliner for its 787.
- Aluminum lithium extruded floor structures, which are proven with the Airbus A380, are chosen for use on the A350 XWB jetliner.
- Alcoa’s third-generation aluminum-lithium alloys demonstrate their corrosion-resistant and damage-tolerant capabilities, opening new opportunities for aerospace applications.
- Alcoa broadens its scientific and engineering portfolio, focusing on multi-material solutions including hybrid structures that combine advanced aluminum with other materials to maximize airframe performance.
Alcoa and the history of flight: Interactive exhibit