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A model citizen

Henry Haffke surrounded by Malta Supervisor Paul Sausville, daughter Karen Hart, and sons Ray Haffke and Gary Haffke

Henry Haffke surrounded by Malta Supervisor Paul Sausville, daughter Karen Hart, and sons Ray Haffke and Gary Haffke Photo by Marci Revette.

— Not only did it fly, but it had won top placements in three of the four events. Haffke said the Gee Bee model reached a top speed of 80 mph, faster than a lot of cars at the time.

When asked how many models he had built over his lifetime, Haffke put the number north of 100.

Besides the book, Haffke has written for a variety of model aircraft builders, and according to his son, Ray, people today are building real Gee Bee airplanes based on his model designs. He is listed in the Smithsonian as the world’s foremost authority on Gee Bees.

The National Aeronautic Association is a nonprofit membership organization that promotes the importance of aviation and space flight to the United States. NAA is the caretaker of several major aviation awards and certifies all world and national aviation records set in the United States. For more information about the organization, visit naa.aero.

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