Gee Bee R-1 Super Sportster
Unassembled plastic model kit with photo-etch parts.
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Select a thumbnail to see the picture full-size. In Stock (Ships in 1-3 business days)List price: $44.99You pay: $32.39(All prices in U.S. Dollars)Manufacturer: Dora WingsStock Number: DWN 48002Scale: 1/48View all products of type "Racer"
This model kit requires assembly. Cement, paint and other construction materials not included unless specifically stated in the description.
- Detailed cockpit
- Moderately detailed engine
- Separate ailerons
- Photoetched parts
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.
The aircraft had a very peculiar design. Granville reasoned that a teardrop-shaped fuselage - especially as seen from directly above - would have lower drag than a straight-tapered one, so the fuselage was wider than the engine at its widest point (at the wing attachment point[s], within the length of the wing chord). The cockpit was located very far aft, just in front of the vertical stabilizer, in order to give the racing pilot better vision while making crowded pylon turns.
The R-1 won the 1932 Thompson Trophy race, piloted by Jimmy Doolittle. He also set a new world landplane speed record of 476 km/h (296 mph) in the Shell Speed Dash.