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1931 DeHavilland DH 82B “Queen Bee” original

1931 DeHavilland DH 82B “Queen Bee” during restoration

1931 DeHavilland DH 82B “Queen Bee” during restoration

1931 DeHavilland DH 82B “Queen Bee” during restoration
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1931 De Havilland
DH 82B “Queen Bee”

Approximately 400 Queen Bees were built to serve as remote controlled gunnery targets for the British Coast Artillery.

This is one of three remaining Queen Bee aircraft worldwide. PTAM's Queen Bee is best known for its role as a camera platform for “Pathe News”, the producer of newsreels during the 30’s and 40’s.

It was found in a storage area in North Bend, WA, purchased and donated to the museum.


Specifications

Engine – Gipsy Major 145 hp

Empty Weight – 1115 lbs

Gross Weight – 1825 lbs

Maximum Speed – 109 mph

Wing Span – 29‘4“

Interesting Facts – This airplane was used as a camera platform for the filming of the movie “Spirit of St. Louis” with Jimmy Stewart, and many other films as well.

Scheduled to be restored to flying condition in the future.

Gift of Fred Bahr.

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1931 DeHavilland DH 82B “Queen Bee” before restoration

1931 DeHavilland DH 82B “Queen Bee” before restoration

1931 DeHavilland DH 82B “Queen Bee” during restoration

1931 DeHavilland DH 82B “Queen Bee” during restoration