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Bumble Bee

RCModeler Magazine's Bumble Bee

The "Bumble Bee" were homebuilt aircraft built by Bob Starr in the 1980s as the smallest human-carrying aircraft. Two biplane aircraft were built - Bumble Bee I first flew on Jan 28, 1984 and is presently on display at the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona. Bumble Bee II, with a wingspan of 66 inches, flew on May 8, 1988 but was destroyed in a crash, seriously injuring Bob. The second version was credited by the Guinness World Record people as the smallest human-carrying biplane in the world.
The model depicted is a 1/4 "standoff" scale model designed by Ken Willard, one of the most prolific model designers of "small" model aircraft. The model has a 20" span and is designed for a .25 CID 2-stroke motor; an OS 25 is shown on the plans. Balsa covered foam wings speed the construction, and controls are rudder, elevator, ailerons (top and bottom wing panels), and motor. The model isn't hard to construct but with the short coupled layout faithfully copied from the original design, the model will be very tricky to fly, best for advanced r/c pilots!

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Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starr_Bumble_Bee_II
Sources: http://www.aviationtrivia.org/Starr-Bumble-Bee-II.php
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ID: 92446
File Size: 7.2 MB
Type: Airplane
Class: Radio-Control
Use: Sport
Motor: Gas-Powered
Motor Size:0.20-To-0.35-CI (2-strokes)
Wingspan: Less-Than-50cm (20in)
Publisher: RCModeler Magazine
Magazines:  More at RCBookcase
Pub. Ref: RCMplan1015
Designer: Ken Willard
Date: 4/1988
Weight Class:1500g-To-2000g (52.9oz-To-70.5oz)
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Added: 22/07/2015 23:04
Updated: 29/11/15 03:48:29pm
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Hi! I'm aeroastro

Fascinated with model aviation since a youngster, my modeling experience includes control-line, indoor modeling, competition free flight, r/c competition thermal sailplanes, r/c electric powered models, and more recently, Giant Scale r/c models. After gaining an MIT Aeronautical/Astronautical degree, I served 29 years in the USAF in the space and missile fields, serving as Program Manager for two major space programs. Presently retired and residing in Southern California, enjoying its year-around excellent

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Plan ID:92446
Keywords:Bumble Bee smallest man-carrying Starr Willard biplane
Model Type:Airplane
Aircraft Use:Sport
Wingspan Class:Less-Than-50cm (20in)
Wing Position:Multiple-Wings
Wing Style:Straight-Wing-Rect
Wing Dihedral:Flat
Landing Gear:Taildragger
Motor Type:Gas-Powered
Motor Size:0.20-To-0.35-CI (2-strokes)
Number of Motors:1-Tractor
Weight Class:1500g-To-2000g (52.9oz-To-70.5oz)
Construction Skills:Low-Intermediate
Pilot Skills:Advanced
Publisher:RCModeler Magazine
Magazines:  More at RCBookcase
Designer:Ken Willard
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