This is a scale reproduction of the famous Honey Bee that was designed and built by Walter Mooney. This RC model is powered by a Westlake 250cc engine. Flown by John Greenfield of The Ghost Squadron Aircraft Team.
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The Honey Bee is a single seat all metal, high-wing, tricycle gear-equipped aircraft with a V-tail. The stressed skin aircraft is designed to accommodate wing flaps and slots.The prototype was test flown by William Chana on 12 July 1952 and certified on 17 December 1953.
The founders of Beecraft Associates, Inc., were responsible for the Wee Bee monoplane, which was claimed to be big enough to lift a man yet small enough to be lifted by one. The Wee Bee, which was demonstrated in the United States and England two years ago, was notable for the fact that the pilot lay prone on the fuselage.
The first aircraft built was the “Wee Bee” in 1948. The “Wee Bee” is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s lightest aircraft. The “Honey Bee” was the second plane, completed in 1952. It had a single seat in an enclosed cabin. The “Queen Bee” was the last and the largest of the three. It was completed in 1960 and seated four. The “Queen Bee” and the “Honey Bee” had V-tails.