Chester Jeep
1932 Single-engine single-seat mid-wing taildragger racing monoplane, U.S.A.

Archive Photos 1

Chester Special Racer "Jeep" (N12930) c.2003 at the EAA AirVenture Museum, Oshkosh, WI (Photos by John Shupek)

Overview 2

The Chester Jeep aka the Chester Special #1 was an air racer built by Art Chester for the 1932 National Air Races. The aircraft once held the world’s speed record for aircraft at 237 mph (381 km/h).

Design and Development 2

The Chester Jeep was named after "Eugene the Jeep" from the Popeye comics of the time. Chester created a compact airframe in order to maximize speed from a small engine. Art Chester later designed the nose and cowling of the P-51 fighter for North American Aviation.

The Jeep was a mid-wing taildragger racer using a Menasco engine. The wings were supported with small struts. The Jeep was modified with a new prop, spinner and less sharp angles for the 1934 National Air Races. The aircraft’s wings were removed and reinstalled for trailering to air events. In 1947 the aircraft was retrofitted ("butchered" by some) with an 85 hp (63 kW) engine to meet the power requirement for the Goodyear races.

Operational History 2

The green and cream colored aircraft was intended to compete in the 1932 National Air Races, but was finished too late. It saw its first race in 1933.

In 1977 the aircraft was donated to the EAA Airventure Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin where it is now restored.

Specifications (Chester Jeep) 2

General Characteristics



  1. Shupek, John. The Skytamer Photo Archive, photos by John Shupek, (
  2. Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Chester Jeep


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