06/30/2009. In 1931 E.M. “Mattie” Laird designed the Super Solution for the Cleveland Speed Foundation to challenge the Travel Air Mystery Ship. Construction lasted about six weeks and on August 22, 1931, the aircraft was flown for the first time.
Flown by Jimmy Doolittle, it entered the Los Angeles, California to Cleveland, Ohio, Bendix Trophy Race on September 4, 1931, finishing as first in 9 hr, 10 min, 21 sec. Thereafter the Super Solution set several more records. In 1932 the aircraft was modified, encountering severe problems, subsequently it was stored. Sixteen years later the remains donated to the Smithsonian. See also photo 2290 and 9040.