Classic Thompson Trophy-winning race planes from the golden age of air racing, now available in the Microsoft Flight Simulator marketplace.
The Microsoft Flight Simulator The team is pleased to announce its latest release in the Famous Flyers aircraft series, the Gee Bee Model Z and Model R-2 Super Sportster, single-engine, single-seat racing monoplanes designed and built by Granville Brothers Aircraft of the United States. The company (“Gee Bee” is a phonetic representation of the initials GB) produced a few different iterations of the design, most notably the Model Z and Model R-2. Each one is one of a kind, and each one is considered a great storier from the golden age of flight due to its unique appearance and incredibly fast performance.
Prompted by early success with their late 1920s “Sportster” racing plane, the Granville brothers created their first Super Sportster, the Model Z, to compete in the Thompson Trophy pylon race at the Air Races. Nationals in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1931. The brothers, five in all, pushed the limits of aeronautical technology at the time to squeeze every possible drop of speed out of their design, including one of the first uses of a wind tunnel. The result was a racing legend with a burly fuselage, straight main wing, traditional tail unit and cockpit located just forward of the leading edge of the vertical stabilizer, perhaps the Super Sportster’s most notable feature. Powered by a Wasp Junior 9-cylinder radial engine, the Model Z finished first in the 1931 Thompson Trophy and inspired the Granville Brothers to create even faster Super Sportsters.
The Model R-2, built for the 1932 National Air Races, was built on the basis of the Model Z and looks virtually identical, the main differences being that the R-2 has a slightly longer fuselage and wing. During the 1932 races, the R-2 placed fourth in the cross-country Bendix Trophy Race and fifth in the Thompson Trophy Race.
The Microsoft Flight Simulator Carenado has carefully recreated the Model Z and R-2 versions to reflect the visual and performance spirit of these famous Flyers for simulation users. They’re available today as a bundle for PC and Xbox for $14.99, exclusively on the in-sim market. Download now and get ready for an airspeed experience like no other!
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