Navigation Panel

Site Map

1931 and 1932 Cleveland Air Race Photos

1931 and 1932 Cleveland Air Race Photos

Louis Greve

James Doolittle

Roscoe Turner

James Wedell

Steve Wittman

Maude Tait

Jacqueline Cochran

Earl Ortman

Louise Thaden

Pre War Bendix and Thompson Race Results

The Gee Bee

Wedell / Williams

Mr. Mulligan

Hall's Bull Dog Racer

De Havilland Comet

Maude Tait

Travel Air Mystery Ship

Harold Johnson

If you love Gee Bees, then visit these sites!

Gee Bee R2 Replica Sitegeebeelogo
Check out Delmar Benjamin's Gee Bee R2 Replica Site!.

Gee Bee Z replica site! geebeelogo
Check out The Jim Kimball/Jeff Eicher, Gee Bee Z replica,Site!

Click on this text to Set in the cockpit of the Gee Bee R2 with the Air & Space Magazines 360 degree panoramic QTVR(quick time plug-in required)

Are you, or your children between the ages of 8 and 17? If so, here is an opportunity presented by the Experimental Aircraft Association to go on a FREE discovery flight aboard an airplane in your vicinity. We're trying to give 1,000.000 rides before the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers first flights of 1903.


The Golden Age of Air Racing!

For best results use Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 or later
Set monitor resolution to 800 X 600 with thousands of colors or more and this window maximized in browser.

A vision from the past:

Once having tasted flight you will walk this earth with your eyes turned skyward. For there you have been and there you long to return.

- Leonardo da Vinci

Brief Over View.

Air racing got its start in the United States when newspaperman Ralph Pulitzer offered a trophy to promote high-speed flight. He did this because American aircraft were making a poor showing in European air races. The first Pulitzer race was held at Mitchel Field, Long Island, New York, on November 27,1920.


The National Air Races

1920 was the first National Air Races, although then not yet known by that name. 1929 was the first of the true civilianized" events, previously dominated by featured military and corporate-sponsored planes. 1929 marked the ninth year for the National Air Races, and the first year that the event was held in Cleveland,Ohio.Louis Greve was appointed to the position of president of the National Air Races in Cleveland. He had played a major role in securing "the races" and he would continue to hold the position of president through 1939. This enterprise would become one of the leading aviation events in the world. The 1929 event ran from August 24th through September 2nd,and consisted of some 35 closed course flying events,eight(8)Air Derbies,an Aeronautical Exposition,the National Glider Conference, and Wings of 1929,a Aeronautical Musical Extravaganza.It was also at this 1929 Air Classic of the Century that the Golden Age of Air Racing,Is said to have started. On Monday, September 2,1929.when during a racing "free for all"(We call it unlimited today) The domination by the Army and Navy came to an end during "Event #26- Free For All" The grand finale at the 1929 Cleveland Air Races, when Pilot Doug Davis beat the Army and Navy in his sleek little Travel Air Mystery Ship monoplane. This crushing defeat of the military domination of air racing was a defining moment in aviation history. It caused the military to get rid of their World War I concepts of Aerial warfare and to start ordering state-of-the-art aircraft.More than 500,000 tickets were sold for the 1929 races, which took place over a ten-day period. That was the zenith of air racing as a spectator sport. The Great Depression, combined with the decreasing novelty value of flight, cut into attendance figures during the 1930s. Nevertheless, the National Air Races continued through 1939. They were held in Cleveland every year except 1933 and 1936, when Los Angeles hosted them. And two major events still drew sizeable crowds.

In 1930,Charles E, Thompson, President of Thompson products,Inc.,established a trophy to encourage faster land planes. The Thompson Trophy Race became the feature event of the National Air Races.This race like the Pulitzer Trophy Race, was a Pylon race, meaning that it was flown around a closed circuit marked by Pylons.

Bendix Trophy Race

The Bendix Trophy Race was conceived in 1931 by Cliff Henderson, the originator of the National Air Races. That year he convinced businessman, Mr. Vincent Bendix, that the UnitedStates needed an annual "free for all" cross-country air race to help stimulate advancement within the aviation community of both aircraft engine and airframe design. Speed, reliability, and endurance were the ultimate quest.

The Bendix Race attracted some of America's most daring and colorful characters. After the World War II, with the exception of three-time winner Paul Mantz, and 1949 winner Joe DeBona, the race became strictly a military event. The last Bendix Trophy Race was flown in 1962 when Captain Bob Sowers piloted an Air Force B-58 Hustler from Los Angles to New York in the then amazing time of 2 hours 56seconds. This was quite a contrast to the first race in 1931 when Jimmy Doolittle in his Laird Super Solution flew from Los Anglesto Cleveland in 9 hours 10 minutes, or to Louise Thaden's 1936win from New York to Los Angles in her Staggerwing BeechcraftC-17R with a time of 14 hours 55 minutes.


There is not a word in all the dictionaries of all the languages that can serve as an alibi if your airplane runs out of fuel while in flight.

"There is no excuse for an airplane unless it goes fast."_Roscoe Turner"

Some pages on this site are graphic intensive,so please be patient,it takes time to load.

This site is continually being updated,changed and messed with.


This site is for informational purposes only and I recognize that some words,logo,models,names and designations,mentioned and used on this site are the property of the trademark holder.I use them for identification purposes only.


If you would like to contribute information or photographs to this site,or have any suggestions,then please contact us at ,(You will be given full credit and recognition for any info and pictures contributed).

Send mail to with questions or comments about this web site.
Copyright 1999 D&C Aviation Experience.
Last modified: Jan 18,2000

This site designed and maintained by:D&C Aviation Limited. (Darrell & Chris Graves,) Huntsville, Alabama

Copyright 1998,1999,2000

Site Map | Home | Links | The fantastic Gee Bee | Aircraft Pictures | My Favorite Links | Golden Age of Air Racing | Book Store | Special Interest | Weather | Golden Age History | Historical Flights |
Aircraft Engines | Antique/Classic Aircraft | Barn Stormers |
Cleveland Air Race Photos | Purchase a Great Gee Bee Documentary |

Written & Edited by Darrell Graves

If you are caught in someone else's frames, click here to shake loose from them.