ABOUT THE GEE BEE RI #7"
The R-2 Gee-Bee was built for the Bendix Trophy Race. Powered by the 550 hp Pratt & Whitney R-985 ci engine. It was specifically designed for cross county racing with 302 gallons of fuel, thus providing for fewer fuel stops.
In 1932 flying at an average speed of 222.1 m.p.h. Lee Gehlbach finished fourth in the Bendix. In 1933, piloted by Russell Thaw, the R-2 stalled on a landing in Indianapolis, Indiana turned and hit a wing tip and was out of the race. Both the R-1 and R-2 Gee-Bee, designed by the Granville Brothers, made aviation history in their brief time span and provided new and bold design concepts still evident in high performance aircraft. This is the Number 7
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