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Granville Brothers Gee Bee Z


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With the Great Depression impacting the market for the Granville Brother's sport aircraft, chief engineer Robert Hall convinced the Granvilles to build a racer that could win the Thomson Trophy.  Supported by the Springfield (Massachusetts) Air Racing Association, the Model Z was first flown on August 22, 1931.

The Model Z won four events at the 1931 National Races including the Thompson Trophy, but crashed killing pilot Lowell Bayles attempting to break the land plane speed record later that year.

     
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Type: Racer
Engines: one 535 hp (399 kW) Pratt & Whitney Wasp Junior radial engine
     

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