1931 and 1932 Cleveland Air Race Photos


The following Golden Age of Air Racing photos were generously donated by: Kaye Woods and her sister, Ellen Milbrath. The photos were taken by their Father, Mr. William Anderson at the 1931 and 1932 Cleveland Air Races.

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Curtis Hawk, Powered by a dual valve Bliss Jupiter engine.1931


Wedell-Williams Powered by a 535 H.P. P&W Wasp Engine. James Wedell took second place in the 1931 Thompson Trophy Race


The Laird Solution. Jimmy Doolittle set a coast to coast record in this aircraft on Sept 4, 1931


Lowell Bales and the Gee Bee Model "Z" Super Sporster.Winner of the 1931 Thompson Trophy race at 236.39 miles for 100 miles. .


Gee Bee Model "Z" Super Sporster.Winner of the 1931 Thompson Trophy race at 236.39 miles for 100 miles. piloted by Lowell Bales. .


Gee Bee Model "Y" Senior Sportster.Took first place in the women's "Free For All" at 187 mph.


Gee Bee Model "R2" Supersporster.Flown by Lee Gehlbach, took fith place in the Thompson Trophy race at 222.098 MPH. 1932


The famousGee Bee Model "R1" Supersporster and it's Pilot Jimmy Doolittle.1932


Gee Bee Model "R1" Supersporster.The worlds fastest land plane in 1932.


Gee Bee Model "R1" Supersporster.Powered by a P&W Wasp Sr at 740 hp, James Doolittle's average speed was 296.287 MPH over a 3 kilometer course, fastest lap was 309.040 MPH. Thompson Trophy winner(10 laps over a 10 mile course)Average 252.686 MPH. 1932.


Two Champions .


Jimmy Haizlip's Wedell-Williams Special. Powered by a P&W Wasp Jr modified to 535 H.P.. .


Wedell-Williams Special. Piloted by Roscoe Turner who took 2nd place in the 1932 Bendix race and 3rd place in the Thompson Trophy Race.


Jimmy and Mary(Mae)Haizlip. Mae held the world record for the woman's speed dash and Jimmy held the transcontental record. Both flew the Wedell williams racer #92.


Jimmy Doolittle and the Shell Oil Companies Lockheed Orion. On July 25th, 1932 in observance of the Washington Bicentennial and the 159th anniversary of the founding of the U.S. Mail Service. James Doolittle took off from Kittery, Maine and flew 2900 miles in 16 hours, 55 minutes, averaging 175 MPH including stops at Pittsburgh and Washington. Miss Anne Washington (great, great, great grandniece of George Washington accompanied Doolittle on this historic flight. The aircraft was named the "Shell Lightening".


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