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Thursday, July 31, 2014 THE OFFICIAL DAILY NEWSPAPER OF EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH PHOTO BY CHET WEHE PHOTO BY JASON TONEY EAA thanks Audrey Pelton addresses membership By J. Mac McClellan EAA Chairman Jack J. Pelton opened the annual meeting of the membership on Wednesday morning at Theater in the Woods by presenting the association’s two highest honors. The Chairman’s Award for service— formerly named the President’s Award— was presented to Earl Lawrence. Earl heads up the FAA Small Airplane Directorate and is a major force in helping to modify and streamline certification rules, particularly for installing CONT. P3 Sponsor of the day weather The late Jim Moss’ Gee Bee Q.E.D. taxis into AirVenture Oshkosh. One very big Gee Bee By Randy Dufault A nyone who has even a passing interest in aviation history can quickly recognize the iconic shape of a Granville Brothers Gee Bee raceplane. It appears to be a barrel wrapped tightly around a radial engine, with a small space reserved for the pilot. Massive, aerodynamic wheel fairings make the craft look like it’s going incredibly fast even while sitting on the ground. Granville’s last effort, the R-6 Q.E.D., retained all of the famous shape, but boy did it grow. When compared to the diminutive R-1 and R-2 models, the R-6 is positively massive. While the R-6 is a raceplane, its intended mission was completely different than the closed-course pylon races the earlier designs addressed. Instead it was to be a distance racer, and the larger size was required simply to carry fuel. The brothers only built one example of the R-6. It survived and is in a Mexican museum. Jim Moss, builder of a flying Laird Super Solution biplane racer replica, was looking for another project. The R-6 was suggested. Moss liked the idea, and work began some 10 years ago. The result of his, and his team’s, effort is on display outside the VAA Red Barn here at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014. CONT. P8

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