Cessna GC-1

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Cessna GC-1
Cessna GC-1.jpg
Role Air racer
National origin United States of America
Manufacturer Clyde V. Cessna Aircraft Company
Retired 1932 [1]
Number built 1

The Cessna GC-1 was an air racer built to compete in the Cirrus All American Air Derby in 1930.

Design and development[edit]

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.[2]

The aircraft was a mid-wing open cockpit taildragger. The landing gear was attached by struts to both the fuselage, and the wing spar.[3]

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.

Operational history[edit]

Stanley Stanton placed seventh in the 1930 Cirrus All American Air Derby with the GC-1. The press proclaimed the racer the "Winged Torpedo".[4] 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.[5]
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).[5]

Specifications (Cessna GC-1)[edit]

Data from Sport Aviation[2][5]

See also[edit]

Related development


  1. ^ "Cessna CR-1". Retrieved 27 April 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "The Cessna CR-1 and CR-2 Racers". Sport Aviation. April 1958. 
  3. ^ "Clyde Cessna's budget racer". Retrieved 27 April 2011. 
  4. ^ Sylvester H. Schmid; Truman C. Weaver; EAA Aviation Foundation. The Golden Age of Air Racing: 1927-1933. 
  5. ^ a b c Eckland, K.O. "Cessna". aerofiles.com. Retrieved 17 September 2014.