View Full Version : Taking the Geebee concept too far...

Paul Pless
03-25-2008, 09:09 AM


03-25-2008, 09:32 AM
I am trying to remember the name of the Italian guy who was into the ducted fan thing?
The guy here in the states continued on with the ducted wing concept, custer? culver?

Better start the Alzheimer's medshttp://www.woodenboat.com/forum/images/icons/icon10.gif

Tar Devil
03-25-2008, 09:37 AM
Ok, since you brought up Gee Bee (you know that's my airplane soft spot, Paul!! :)...

How can you not love these things??

The Gee Bees (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vaBUAh4HkU)

More Gee Bees (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDQ3XUsVivA&NR=1)

You are right, though, Paul... Me thinks the concept shoulda ended with the Granville machines!:D

03-25-2008, 09:46 AM
It looks like a flying flounder.

Paul Pless
03-25-2008, 09:49 AM
you know that's my airplane soft spot, Paul!! :)...

Yeah I know, I figured I'd get you and Fred with this thread!;)

I love the Granville planes too, I was doomed from an early age. My parents wallpapered my bedroom when I was a child with images of this plane.:D


03-25-2008, 11:35 AM
Gee Bees, Bee Gees, I'm so confussed. Is this what we are after?



Tar Devil
03-25-2008, 11:40 AM
Good job, as usual Fred.

I read this week that a fella in Va. is building a flying replica of the only remaining authentic Gee Bee, the R6

Original, in a museum in Mexico (and currently undergoing a full restoration)...

In its earlier glory days...

Paul Pless
03-25-2008, 11:45 AM
Chad, Ah, ha, ha, ha... ummmm, no.:D

Tar Devil
03-25-2008, 11:46 AM
Gee Bees, Bee Gees, I'm so confussed. Is this what we are after?



Chad!! :eek::eek: Sacrilege!! That's worse than Barry Manilow! Worse than Gary Puckett and the Union Gap!

In the same thread as the marvelous Gee Bee?? AArrrrrrrrrgh!

Paul, I think there are two Model Y's currently flying. Did you know it won more races than any of the Gee Bees? It also won several aerobatic championships.

Tar Devil
03-25-2008, 12:22 PM

Ooo... That's the one that drowned its pilot, isn't it?

Actually, it was a relatively benign accident. - someone left a rag in the cowling which got sucked into the intake, the engine quit and he went down in the Potomac with very little damage to the plane. The pilot, Francisco Sarabia (who said the R6, or QED, was the best plane he had ever flown) was knocked out hitting his face on the instrument panel (always wear your shoulder harnesses, folks!) and did drown. My understanding is very little was done to the plane before it was put in the museum.

More Granville bad luck... a great flying plane that went down no fault of its own.

Edited to add... cross post. Good info, Fred.