EAA’s Attic — Gee Bee Sportster Model E Wing Section

This piece first ran in the October 2019 issue of EAA Sport Aviation.

Granville Brothers Aircraft was founded in 1929 in Springfield, Massachusetts, and would eventually go on to produce some of the most famous racing airplanes in history. The Gee Bee Model E was one of the Sportster series, which traces its roots to the Model X, which first flew in 1930. This wing is from the last Model E built, NC72V (later NX72V). After the intact Q.E.D. in the Museo Francisco Sarabia in Mexico, it is believed to be the largest surviving piece of any of the company’s legendary low-wing racers.

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