Haizlip wins Bendix in 8:19 hours
Jimmy being congratulated by Amelia Earhart
Bendix Trophy Race
A host of
new aircraft were introduced this year in the closed-course events.
Benny Howard was back with two almost identical, Menasco powered
Benny Howard & "Mike"
Bob Hall chief engineer
and designer for the Granville brothers, who designed the Gee Bee model "Z", winner of the 1931 Thompson
Trophy designed the "Bulldog" for the Thompson and the "Cicada" for the Bendix. Both planes
were plagued with engine problems. Bob flew the "Bulldog to disappointing 6th in the
Thompson. The "Cicada" did not start the Bendix. Sometime after the Thompson the engine and
prop were removed and returned to the manufacturer's. The "Cicada" crashed and
Other new racers to appear this year
Gordon Israel's "Redhead"
Keith Rider "San Francisco"
Parachute jumping demonstrations and pin-point
landing contests were big crowd pleasers.
While the idea was to land in a prescribed cirCle
in front of the grandstands, it was not uncommon
for some to land in the grandstands or in the
3-Kilometer Speed Dash
Jimmy Doolittle with Gee-Bee R-1
Mary Haizlip with W-W #92
Thompson Trophy Race
1 Out Engine Problem Lap 3
he success of the Granville Brothers Model "Z", winning the 1931
Thompson encouraged them to build two new racers
for 1932. One for the Thompson (R-1) and one for the Bendix (R-2). While they
were basically the same design, the R-1 had a larger engine and a smaller gas tank
than the R-2. When Jimmy Doolittle's Laird was damaged due to a landing gear
failure and Russell Boardman (original pilot for R-1) was injured in a
crash, Doolittle became the pilot. The Gee-Bee took an early lead and went on
Aerol Trophy Race
The ladies entered in the Aerol Trophy
Race showed great courage and skill as they took off into and
approaching thunderstorm. A severe storm hit the Cleveland Airport while they were
flying the third lap. Despite the storm they continued flying until race officials
brought them down. Winners were declared in the positions they held when the race
was called off. Gladys O'Donnell had never flown, or even taxied, the Howard
"Mike" before the race.