I saw it go from level knife edge flight to sustained climbing in knife edge at a very steep angle. Afterwards, I commented to Delmar that the only reason that it needed wings was to have a place to mount the ailerons. Amazing airplane. Note that Delmar has more Gee Bee time than all the other Gee Bee pilots combined.It always looked to me like it would still fly without the wings!
From what I hear they handle pretty well but have to be flown like a high performance airplane rather than your average Cessna. We still occasionally hear of the same thing killing pilots today who try and fly a pocket rocket like its a piper cub.From most of what I’ve read Gee Bee racers didn’t really deserve their bad reputation, or at least the Granville brothers didn’t. IIRC none were lost while supported by the Granvilles.
I think it would be neat to build and fly a replica Gee Bee, but one of the more sedate ones. A D-model or E-model would be a nice little runabout.