What was the Gee Bee R-1?

What was the Gee Bee R-1?

The Gee Bee “R-1” and “R-2” models were designed and built specifically for the 1932 Races. Bob Hall had left to form his own company. The Granville Brothers Aircraft hired Howell W. “Pete” Miller in May of 1932 as Assistant Chief Engineer.

What is the Granville Gee Bee Transport Model C-8?

T he Granville Gee Bee Transport Model C-8 is the result of experience in aerodynamic and structural design and practice that has proved itself on the greatest of all proving ground – the race course.

When did the Gee Bee R1 Hornet get a new engine?

In 1933 the Gee Bee R-1 had a new 1,860 cid (around 1,000 h.p.) Hornet engine and the Gee Bee R-2 received the 1932 Gee Bee R-l’s record setting 740 h.p. Wasp engine and cowling. Also in 1933 Zantford (Grannie) Granville designed a new, slightly thicker wing incorporating flaps and having an increase in wing area to 132 sq. ft. from 100 sq. ft.

What happened to the Gee Bee Racing Club?

Shortly after Zantford’s death, the Gee Bee organization was sold at a sheriffs sale. The Gee Bee racers of the early 1930’s have always fascinated pilots and enthusiast, and a number of people have started R-1 projects (Ron Coleman of Springfield, IL and Jess Shryack of Justin, TX).

What is a Gee Bee Super Sportster?

The Gee Bee Model R Super Sportster was a special-purpose racing aircraft made by Granville Brothers Aircraft of Springfield, Massachusetts at the now-abandoned Springfield Airport (Massachusetts). Gee Bee stands for Granville Brothers.

What does the Gee Bee stand for?

Gee Bee stands for Granville Brothers. The 1932 R-1 and its sister plane, the R-2, were the successors of the previous year’s Thompson Trophy -winning Model Z . Assistant Chief Engineer Howell “Pete” Miller and Zantford “Granny” Granville spent three days of wind tunnel testing at NYU with aeronautical engineering professor Alexander Klemin.