Flight, October 1922
THE 1922 PULITZER TROPHY RACE
The "Bee-Line" Racer. - The Navy also entered a monoplane, known as the "Bee-Line" Racer, or Navy B.R. 2, designed and built by Messrs. Booth and Thurston, of the Aerial Engineering Corp., Hammondsport, N.Y.,
who were formerly with the Curtiss Co. in 1921 and worked on the Curtiss Racer of that year. The B.R. 2 is a cantilever monoplane possessing many original features, and having the wings mounted low on the fuselage, as in the Junkers. A retractable landing gear is fitted, the entire chassis being withdrawn into the fuselage once the machine is in the air. This machine, we believe, also utilises the wings as a radiator for cooling the engine water, the wings being covered by a thin sheet of copper, under which the water circulates. The wings have a pronounced taper from root to tip both in plan form and in thickness. The fuselage is of deep rectangular section. The engine is a 400 h.p. high compression Wright model H.3.
Characteristics : Span 28 ft. 1 in.; length, 21 ft. 1 1/4 ins.; height, 6 ft. 4 1/2 ins.; chord, 6 ft. to 2 ft.; dihedral angle, 3 1/2°; wing section, Gottingen, 387; total wing area, 104 sq. ft.; weight (fully laden), 2,020 lbs.; loading/sq. ft., 19-4 lbs.; loading/h.p., 5 lbs.; speed range, 70-190 m.p.h.