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