Am letzten Sonntag, dem 12.10.2008, ist Armin Heer mit einer wunderschönen Gee Bee (Model "Y" R 718Y) auf dem Platz erschienen.
Wie er uns erzählte, ist 'der nächste Flug' der Jungfernflug dieser prächtigen Maschine.
Ich hatte die Gelegenheit, einige Filmsequenzen der Startvorbereitungen und des anschliessenden Fluges zu machen. Viel Vergnügen !
....und hier noch einige Bilder am Boden.
Dessen nicht genug, hab ich im Internet die interessante Geschichte dieses Flugzeugs recherchiert und für Interessierte hier platziert.
Geschichte der Granville Borthers:
Gee Bee, Granville
Y Senior Sportster
1931 = 1-2pOlwM; various 215-450hp; span: 30'0" length: 21'0" v: 160/135/55. First of the Granville two-seaters for sport and competition, available with cockpit canopies. Competition version with 420hp P&W Wasp. 1931 Aerol Trophy (p: Maude Tait, 187mph). POP. 2; prototype [NR/NX718Y] c/n YL-1, with 215hp Lycoming R-680, and [NR/NC11049] c/n YW-1. Both were destroyed in crashes.
The first Senior Sportster was YW-1 [NX11049] with a 300hp P&W R-985 Wasp Jr, soon repowered with a 420hp Wasp, and owned by the company until sold at a bankruptcy auction 1/13/34. It was lost over the Atlantic when it shed a propeller blade and vibration tore the engine from its mounts; the pilot successfully bailed out.
The second, the red and cream YL-1 [NR/NX718Y], was to be a test-bed for Lycoming's 215hp R-680. It had no canopy, but the front cockpit's windshield folded down to make it a single-place plane. Its ownership remains a mystery, but the Granvilles did transfer the ship's title to Lycoming Co on 3/21/32. In 1933, it went to Arthur Knapp, an industrialist from Jackson MI, who applied for a restricted license on 7/27/33—a 450hp Wright R-975 supercharged J-6-9E3 and a new windshield and canopy were installed at that time.
Florence Klingensmith flew it to second place in the Women's Free-For-All at the 1933 Chicago International Races. In the Phillips Trophy race, she was holding her own when the fabric on the top of her right wing split open and some of its fabric blew off. The ship continued on in a straight line for about 400', then stalled and hit a tree, and she was killed. (Witnesses said her canopy was fastened from the outside, so she was locked in.) (— Scott Brener 6/16/02)
Re: Klingensmith, even if she had been able to jettison the canopy, in 400' at low altitude and high speed there would have been little chance of a successful bail-out. (— Peter Bergen)