The Bumble Bee

The Bumble Bee

The Bumble Bee was the world’s smallest piloted airplane. I saw it at the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona. Some of it’s statistics follow:

  • Wing Span…….. 6ft.6in.
  • Length……….. 9ft.4in.
  • Cruising Speed… 150 mph
  • Top Speed…….. 180 mph
  • Stalling Speed… 75 kts.
  • Gross Weight….. 756 lbs.
  • Engine……….. C-85
  • Fuel Capacity…. 3 gal.

I think the fellow at the Pima Air and Space Museum that I talked to said that it had been flown only three times. It was built specifically for getting in the record books. I’m surprised that it was able to be flown succesfully three times.

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