E-flite/Hori­zon Hobby UMX Gee Bee R-2

An un­for­get­table de­sign that pushed the bound­aries of avi­a­tion

Model Airplane News - - FRONT PAGE - By Rick Bell

The Gee Bee rac­ers are one of the most rec­og­nized and unique air­craft ever built. Known for their dif­fi­cult fly­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics, the Gee Bees were ahead of their time. When flown by a mod­ern pilot, the Gee

Bee R-2 is an aer­o­batic won­der that dis­pels its un­de­served rep­u­ta­tion. Del­mar Ben­jamin and Steve Wolf built a Gee Bee R-2 replica in the early 1990s, and Ben­jamin flew this amaz­ing air­craft at air­shows across the coun­try for about 10 years be­fore re­tir­ing it in 2002. I had the plea­sur­ing of see­ing it fly at an air­show once, and it was a sight to be­hold!

I have en­joyed fly­ing E-flite’s amaz­ing lineup of mi­cro UMX mod­els, but the Gee Bees were dis­con­tin­ued be­fore I could get one. Luck­ily for us, E-flite has re­cently rere­leased the ev­er­pop­u­lar model, and it is bet­ter than ever. The UMX Gee Bee

R-2 now has more power (read: speed), and it has AS3X and op­tional SAFE Select tech­nol­ogy that make it even eas­ier and more en­joy­able to fly.

The UMX Gee Bee R-2 is a one-piece air­frame molded out of light­weight foam, and it’s ready to fly right out of the box. You only need to bind it to your DSMX- or DSM2-com­pat­i­ble trans­mit­ter and sup­ply a 2S

200 to 280mAh LiPo. The Gee Bee has a very scale out­line and has some re­ally cool fea­tures, such as scale fly­ing wires in the wings, a painted clas­sic red-and­white trim scheme, a steer­able tail­wheel, and air­foil-shaped fly­ing sur­faces. The land­ing gear have very scale wheel pants, and the front tip of them is molded out of hard plas­tic to avoid dam­age. The tip of the ver­ti­cal fin is also made out of molded plas­tic—for those tipovers that are bound to hap­pen. The cock­pit even has a neat pilot fig­ure. I re­ally like the box the Gee Bee comes in as it serves dou­ble duty as a por­ta­ble hangar to keep it safe from dam­age dur­ing stor­age or when tak­ing it to your fa­vorite fly­ing site.


This cute racer has a lot go­ing for it that you nor­mally don’t see in a model of this size. When you first take it out of the box, you ask your­self, “How can this large, round, bar­rel-shaped model fly?” Well, just like a bum­ble­bee: very well! The molded-foam fuse­lage, wings, and tail feath­ers have ribs and other de­tails

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