Monday, 10 July 2017
Plywood Bullets: A Belated Wind In The Wires
I often wondered why these GeeBees looked so fat. The answer I found was that they use the same radial engine as the B17 bomber did - and those engines were cheap and available as military surplus when the designers sat down to plan this bird.
Today the old round engines are beloved antiques, and rich aviation purists will pay through the nose to have parts and replacements made from scratch. Their prices would make an billionaire retch.