Model R JR Model R, R-2, R-3
Serial Numbers 8501 “and up manufactured prior to 2/1/34”
The Model R was essentially a make-over of the successful Junior design. The wingspan was increased by one foot, and the fuselage was shortened about 5 feet and deepened as well. The landing gear was reconfigured but the engine power remained as earlier models. The Model R commanded a $6000 higher price tag than the previous Model S.
The Model R’s from the beginning were planned to offer both conventional and retractable landing gear. The retractable Model R-3 was about 30 lbs heavier then the R-2 and cost about $500 more, but otherwise primarily the same airplanes. The cruise speed of the R-3 with the gear up was only about 8 mph higher. Marketing being ever so critical, the Model R also began carrying the advertising line “The Aircraft Standard of the World” which was a close variation of the Cadillac Motor Car advertising theme.