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Some of the most famous racing planes designed and built in the 1930's, were the Gee Bee's. Built by the Granville brothers of the Granville Brothers Aircraft Company, Springfield, Massachusetts. The Granville brothers: Zantford, Thomas, Robert, Mark and Edward came to Springfield in 1929 to the Springfield Airport located between Liberty Street and St. James Avenue. Their airplanes won many races and set new speed records. Their racing aircraft made use of new and bold design concepts to get as much speed as possible.

The brothers built many racing planes. Their most notorious was the: Gee Bee Super Sportster, models R-1 and R-2. James Doolittle won the 1932 Thompson Trophy race flying a Gee Bee R-1 at a speed of 252.686 miles per hour. The R1 had an 800-Horsepower Pratt&Whitney Wasp Senior engine installed.

The planes themselves became notorious for crashing, and some developed a reputation as 'unflyable'. The Model Z won several races, but during a record attempt a wing folded up on one Model Z and it crashed fatally. The barrel-like R-1 and R-2 were essentially the largest available engine with the smallest possible airframes behind them. Someone said a Gee Bee was 'a section of sewer pipe which had sprouted stubby wings'. In general the Gee Bees were shorter than their wingspans, made very fast landings and were extremely tricky for all but the most experienced pilots to fly. The Model Rs suffered several crashes. The R-2 killed its pilot and was rebuilt and crashed again not once but twice. Combined with parts of the R-1, the hybrid aircraft crashed fatally on its first test flight.


Gee Bee R-1 Racer
 
Gee Bee R-1 Racer Quantity in Basket: None
Code: DU403
Price: $54.95
Shipping Weight: 2.00 pounds
 
 
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Gee Bee R-1 Racer Balsa Kit.

We are pleased to introduce a new series of 24 inch wing span models featuring three Tompson Trophy Racers. This model of the Gee Bee R-1 Racer contains over 90 laser cut parts, contest rubber, colored tissue, decals, flying hardware and instructions

Gee Bee R-1 Racer with its 80 plus laser cut parts will have beginners astonished by the ease of construction, while experienced modelers will appreciate the quality materials and precision laser cut parts. This kit is just one of many selections representing exciting models that captures the best model aviation has to offer. Besides offering the cleanest laser cuts and most comprehensive plans of any free flight kit we provide many other quality features. Hand Selected Balsa, Color Peel and Stick Decals, 9 inch Plastic Propeller, Full Size Plan, F.A.I. Rubber, Step by Step Instructions, Vacuum Molded Parts, Light Weight Colored Tissue

Balsa wood scale model kit, beautifully detailed replica.
Wingspan 24"



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