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Bumble Bee II
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The Guiness Book of World Records credits the Bumble Bee II as the world's smallest biplane.
Starr named the aircraft "Bumble bee II" because it is said that natures' bumble bee does not have sufficient wing area to fly. At first, some engineers and pilots said the same about Starr's Bumble Bee. Nature's bumble bee and the Starr Bumble Bee II have never heard this rumor, so they fly anyway.
Unfortunately on the day of its first flight, after making several passes at a height of about 400 ft., the aircraft's engine quit. The plane was completely destroyed in the resulting crash. Starr, the pilot, was seriously injured, but eventually fully recovered from his injuries.
Although the Bumble Bee II was lost, the original Bumble Bee is on display at the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tuscon, AZ.
Starr Bumble Bee II taking off.
Starr and the original Bumble Bee.
Starr Bumble Bee on display.
Radio Control Airplanes:
The Bumble Bee may be a difficult RC Airplane to fly because it is relatively short coupled. Do you know of any Bumble Bee radio control airplanes? If so, please email us.
John Russo wrote to say that the April 1988 issue of RCModeler has an article about a 1/4 scale radio control Bumble Bee. Thank you, John.
Suggested reading for those considering a radio control Bumble Bee:
Getting Started in R C Airplanes, by Gerry Yarrish
Take Off - All about Radio Control Airplanes by Alex Weiss
Radio Control Airplane How-To's by Frank Masi
Scale RC Airplanes by David Boddington
RC Airplane Building Techniques by Randy Randolph
Everything you should know about radio control airplane flying by Harold Cunningham
Radio Control Miniature Airplanes by Robert Lopshire
Radio Control Airplanes by Michael E. Goodman
Flying Radio Control Airplane Aerobatics by Charles Allison and Andy Nicholls
Radio Control Airplane Aerobatics for Everyone by Dave Patrick