Maude Tait’s Gee Bee Y – 24in wingspan


This is a rubber powered flying scale model of Maude Tait’s 1931 Aerol Trophy Race winner.  This Gee Bee Y model is built with box and formers fuselage construction.  Finished in white with red trim and black markings, Ms Tait’s racer makes for a colorful and striking model.  The Gee Bee Model Y Senior Sportster was essentially a scaled up Gee Bee Model E Sportster and as such exhibits the same fine free flight flying qualities of the Model E.

Qualifies to fly in  FAC Thompson Trophy Mass Launch, FAC Scale and FAC National Air Race events.

Gee Bee Model Y, Senior Sportster

Winner, Aerol Trophy Race at 1931 National Air Races with Springfield, MA aviatrix Maude Tait at the controls.  A former schoolteacher, Ms Tait was the first woman to be granted a transport pilots license in New England.   The speedy Gee Bee Model Y outperformed military aircraft of the period with its big 450 hp Pratt & Whitney Wasp C engine.  Built at Springfield (MA) Airport.


Designed by noted Free Flight sport and scale model airplane designer Tom Nallen, this black and white plan includes full-sized top, side and front views of all components such that they can be built directly over the plan.  Stick and sheet balsa stock dimensions are indicated on the plan and all sheet balsa parts are printed full-size for use as templates in cutting out accurate parts to construct the model framework.  This is an Intermediate/Advanced-level model to build and fly and is a good follow-on to a high wing monoplane rubber powered free flight scale, or sport model.

Model construction plan fits on a single Architectural D (24 x 36 inches)  sheet.

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