The A, B, C’s of Bees: Gee Bee Y Sportster

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The end of the alphabet is proving tricky for my bee theme.  This one is a stretch, but it’s the best I can do for the letter Y!

The Gee Bee Y Sportster was a monoplane built by the Granville (Gee) Brothers (Bee) Aircraft in Springfield, MA (right next door to me!) in 1931.  And actually, they built two.  Originally, the brothers designed the Y model as a company plane to support their R racer models.

However, a couple of female pilots, Maud Tait and Florence Klingensmith, got their hands on the planes and proved the planes’ racing capabilities.  In fact, it has been suggested that the Y models won more races than the purposefully build R models.

Unfortunately, neither of the original Y models exist, but replicas, such as the one pictured below, have been built.

sstbGeeBeeSportsterGallery240151Blogging my way from A to Z as part of the 2015 April A to Z Challenge!  My theme for this year:  Honeybees


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