|National origin||United States of America|
|Manufacturer||Clyde V. Cessna Aircraft Company|
The Cessna GC-1 was an air racer built to compete in the Cirrus All American Air Derby in 1930.
Design and development
Cessna built the GC-1 for Blackwell Aviation to compete for a $25,000 prize in the 1930 Cirrus All American Air Derby. Blackwell registered the Cessna GC-1 NR-144V.
The aircraft was a mid-wing open cockpit taildragger. The landing gear was attached by struts to both the fuselage, and the wing spar.
A more powerful version with a shortened fuselage was built as the GC-2, powered by a 110 hp (82 kW) Warner Scarab 7-cylinder radial engine.
Stanley Stanton placed seventh in the 1930 Cirrus All American Air Derby with the GC-1. The press proclaimed the racer the "Winged Torpedo". E.B Smith flew the aircraft in the 1930 National Air Races placing fourth with an average speed of 137.4 mph.
The GC-1 was destroyed in a landing accident, in collision with a mail plane at Kansas City airport.
- The sole GC-1, given the name Miss Blackwell, was completed in 1929, powered by a 95 hp (71 kW) Cirrus Ensign.
- A second aircraft almost identical to the GC-1, but powered by a 110 hp (82 kW) Warner Scarab and fuselage length of 20 ft 5 in (6.22 m).
Specifications (Cessna GC-1)
- Related development
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