Bee Aviation Honey Bee
1952
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Bee Aviation Honey Bee

Known originally as Beecraft Associates Inc., this company built the diminutive Wee Bee in 1949, in which the pilot lay in a prone position.

It was followed by the larger V-tailed Honey Bee, which first flew on 12 July 1952.

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Charle Paz, 14.10.2014

Greetings,are drawings available for the Honey Bee,and cost. Regards

Curtiss Mooney, 02.08.2014

The Honey Bee is awaiting restoration by the San Diego Air & Space Museum. My dad Walt Mooney flew it for 18+ years, after purchasing it for the nominal price of $1.00. When spar corrosion set in, he donated it to the EAA Museum and they eventually donated it to the San Diego museum. Dad and his fellow Convair engineers never anticipated flying it for more than a couple of years so they didn't bother to use zinc-chromate primer on any of the interior surfaces, just the exterior panels, otherwise he'd would have continued to fly it. It *is* a Type-Certificated design, as there was no such thing as an Experimental Aircraft rating back when it was built, and my brother Douglas Martin Mooney may still have the plans available for sale (or at least to make a copy of). There was even a wider-body two-place, side-by-side version that at least one home-builder put together. - Hey: Dave LeBelle! Dad wrote a poem about the time you and a Piper Cub went skipping backwards down the Banning runway, dead-stick thanbks to the Santa Ana winds. Would you like a copy?

Joe Rossetti A&P, 05.11.2013

I have the original construction plans for this aircraft. There are also photographs included in the plans. This aircraft is very unique in that it could be built as experimental or under Type Certificate 4A11. Bee Aviation would issue you a manufacturing serial number and metal data plate for one certified Honey Bee airplane only for $50. I would like more people to know about this unique little plane or see one built again. This would make a great little light sport plane.

lou southwick, 24.07.2013

I also have a postcard with a picture of the Wee Bee worlds smallest aircraft.

lou southwick, 24.07.2013

I have original pictures of this aircraft and letters from Jack Collins who was involved in building it . Also a newspaper clipping and a picture tells weight, and design features,A picture of the test flight.

David La Belle, 19.02.2013

In the early 1960's I had the good fortune of knowing Walt Mooney. I had unlimited access to the Honeybee.On most weekends I would fly the honeybee cross country. It was a joy to fly. As I recall it cruised about 110 mph,burning 4.5 gal per hr. at 2200 rpm. The controls were well harmonized and would fly hands off in smooth air! When I landed I always drew a crowd

David La Belle, 19.02.2013

In the early 1960's I had the good fortune of knowing Walt Mooney. I had unlimited access to the Honeybee.On most weekends I would fly the honeybee cross country. It was a joy to fly. As I recall it cruised about 110 mph,burning 4.5 gal per hr. at 2200 rpm. The controls were well harmonized and would fly hands off in smooth air! When I landed I always drew a crowd

Bill L., 09.01.2011

One of the Honey Bee's designers, Walt Mooney, was also a model airplane designer ... once flew his whole family of 5, wife + kids (had a huge cargo area behind the pilot's seat. Also would fly hands-off for as long as you wished. From level flight would slowly enter a spiral, accelerating, tighter turn, until speed built up high enough when it would fairly quickly start to come out of the turn and dive, sort of level off, when you realized it was tipping again from level flight, but turning in the opposite direction. A fairly strange series of gyrations when viewed from the ground too. Had a nice cruise, about 120 mph, if I remember correctly ... all on 65 hp! Most fun x-country airplane I ever flew. Only problem was unusually long takeoff roll because of fixed, high pitch cruse prop.

Tom Miller, 07.07.2008

Beecraft Associates also built a four place airplane called the "Queen Bee". Only one was built and it was destroyed in a fire at the San Diego Aerospace Museum.

Rob Dickson, 14.07.2007

THis A/c is constructed from 020 Alclad, with a laminated top compression spar cap.Are there any other photo's or Diagrams availiable ? How did the V tail mixer work ?

Bob DuHamel, 11.05.2007

This aircraft is currently at the San Diego Air & Space Museum (Gillespie Field Annex) awaiting restoration. Look on Wikipedia soon for a photograph.

R2, 16.11.2006

Hello Friends
this air craft still exist´s?, i want to know, and if the airplane its available, what´s the price in US dollars

regards

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