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GeeBee R1 & R2
The Gee Bee Model R Super Sportster was a special purpose racing aircraft made by Granville Brothers Aircraft of Springfield, Massachusetts
The R-1 won the 1932 Thompson Trophy race, piloted by Jimmy Doolittle. He also set a new world land plane speed record of 476 km/h (296 mph) in the Shell Speed Dash. The distinction of a land plane record was noteworthy because, at that time, specialised speed seaplanes outran land planes (e.g. the Macchi M.C.72 with over 700 km/h).
The Springfield Union of September 6, 1932 quoted Doolittle as saying, "She is the sweetest ship I've ever flown. She is perfect in every respect and the motor is just as good as it was a week ago. It never missed a beat and has lots of stuff in it yet. I think this proves that the Granville brothers up in Springfield build the very best speed ships in America today."
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