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.


New-generation solutions

  • 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.
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Alcoa Huck develops the XPL® Lockbolt Fastener to support the Airbus A380 Wing Center Section assembly process.

Wright Brothers' Plane




Alcoa and the history of flight: Interactive exhibit
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