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Jimmy Doolittle is dwarfed by the monstrous, menacing Gee Bee R-1 Super Sportster. (NASM (SI 77-11856))

Bring Back the Brute

A GeeBee racer in flyable condition? Don’t do it.

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By the spring of 2007, most of the construction work was completed and the racer was moved to the hangar annex to be painted. The volunteers, most of whom were in their 80s and 90s and were veterans of museum restorations and reproductions, including the Spirit of St. Louis twice, milled about the space the airplane once occupied, impatient for another job. We’ve got a few more years of work on a reproduction of a Boeing P-26 Peashooter, restoring a Vought F4U Corsair, and dealing with wood rot on a Wright Flyer reproduction. 

Robert Bernier, a former Navy pilot, flies for American Airlines.

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