A photo essay with commentary on the Gee Bee R-1 build, plus a test flight video. This Gee Bee flies!
The R-1 has been on my Free-Flight (FF) build list for years. It is such an icon for aviation buffs- with its winning history and dramatic color scheme. As this ship moved up my build list, I began to reacquaint myself with the airplane and its history.
A short photo essay with commentary on the Q.E.D. wing rebuild
I recall the anticipation of the first test glides of my Gee Bee Q.E.D. model more than 20yrs ago in the back yard of our first house. In the time between then and now, this model – I know, it’s not really a Gee Bee (see post) – has been flown hard in fair weather and poor, placing in its share of contests and even winning a few. And I must admit to a crash or two along the way.
I’m excited to let you know about our new site www.thegeebee.com . Tom1 and I talked about doing this for a number of years, but with work & kids it never happened. Now it has.
I’d like to do my part to help keep the Granville and Gee Bee story alive. I’ve talked with June Granville (Dakin) and she’s fully supportive. We’d like to tie in aeromodeling/scale modeling as a rewarding activity that can make aviation history come alive. We’ll use thegeebee.com as a platform to release the many model airplane plans we’ve drawn over the last 50yrs or so. Many of these are large-format and not suitable for newsletter publication…and we all know what’s happened to the model mags that used to run our sort of stuff. We’ll see what happens.
Oh, and through an agreement with Jim Fiorello, Golden Age Reproductions Plans are being made available through The Gee Bee.com as well. These are the original, high-quality Joe Fitzgibbon offset prints, not copies. We’ll start with ~30 plans with another 200 or so to come over time if there is interest.
There are no illusions of profit-making, but stuff on The Gee Bee.com is not free either. This may wind up as a non-profit org and we have some ideas there, but first things first.
Anyway, check out the site and I hope you sign up for the free bi-monthly Around The Pylon newsletter – we’ve lost some of these lately too. Around The Pylon will be brief and online-only. We plan to share interesting bits from the Len Wieczorek, Bert Pond and other collections as well as new plan releases, freebie downloads and FF modeling stuff. Subscribers get 20% discounts. Contributors to the newsletter are welcome so let me know if you or someone you know is interested.
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Hopefully society will reopen soon and we can return to our lives.