The Granville Brothers created their first Super Sportster, the Model Z, to race at the Thompson Trophy pylon race at the National Air Races at Cleveland, Ohio, in 1931. The brothers pushed the limits of aircraft technology at that time to squeeze every possible drop of speed out of their design, including one of the first uses of a wind tunnel. The result was a racing legend with a burly fuselage, straight main wing, traditional tail unit, and a cockpit located just forward of the leading edge of the vertical stabilizer, perhaps the Super Sportster’s most notable characteristic. Powered by a 9-cylinder radial engine, the Model Z finished in first place at the 1931 Thompson Trophy and inspired the Granville Brothers to create even faster Super Sportsters. The Model R-2, built for the 1932 National Air Races, was built based on the Model Z and looks virtually identical, the primary differences being that the R-2 has a slightly longer fuselage and wing.
The MicrosoftFlightSimulator versions of the Model Z and the R-2 have been carefully recreated by Carenado to mirror the visual and performance spirit of these FamousFlyers for sim users. They are available today as a bundle for PC and Xbox for $14.99, exclusively in the in-sim marketplace. Download now and prepare for an aerial speed experience unlike any other!