Brown B-1 Racer

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The Brown B-1 Racer was an American-built small monoplane racing aircraft of the 1930s.

Brown B-1 Racer
Brown B-1 Racer NR83Y Tamiami FL 26.04.09R.jpg
The B-1 Racer as restored postwar on display in the Wings over Miami aviation museum at Tamiami Airport, near Miami
Role Racing aircraft
National origin United States
Manufacturer Brown Aircraft Co.
Designer Dan Holloway
Introduction 1933
Retired circa 1948
Status preserved in a museum
Primary user racing pilots
Number built 1
Variants Brown B-2 Racer
Brown B-3


The B-1 Racer was built in 1933 by the Brown Aircraft Co. of Montebello, California, which had been founded by Lawrence W. Brown, previously of Clover Field, Santa Monica, California.

The B-1 was designed by Dean Holloway and was intended for competitive flying at the hands of Ralph Bushey. The diminutive aircraft was a low-winged monoplane with an open single-person cockpit and a fixed tail-skid undercarriage.[1]

Operational history[edit]

Ralph Bushey raced the aircraft NR83Y in several prewar competitions in the United States, but the aircraft was damaged in a crash after the engine fell out whilst racing. It was rebuilt in 1947 with a removable closed cabin and powered by an 85 hp (63 kW) Continental C-85 engine.

The aircraft continued to compete as a "midget racer", named Suzie Jayne.[1]

The B-1 was withdrawn from flying in the late 1940s, is currently owned by Kermit Weeks and on public display at the Fantasy of Flight in Polk City, Florida, alongside the Brown B-2 replica.[2][3]

Specifications (as rebuilt in 1947)[edit]

Data from

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 16 ft 0 in (4.88 m)
  • Wingspan: 18 ft 9 in (5.72 m)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Continental C-85, 85 hp (63 kW)


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  2. ^ "Fantasy of Flight". Rod's Aviation Photos. Retrieved 27 February 2017. 
  3. ^ Federal Aviation Administration (27 February 2017). "FAA Registry N-Number Inquiry Results". Retrieved 27 February 2017. 
  • Ogden, Bob (2007). Aviation Museums and Collections of North America. Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. ISBN 0-85130-385-4.