The wing was cantilever in design,
constructed of spruce, covered with plywood and then in turn
covered with fabric. This was also true of the tail
surfaces. The landing gear was fully retractable and
operated manually. The wheels retracted into the fuselage,
actuating the doors which enclosed the gear, thus leaving a
smooth surface on the underside of the fuselage. The wing
span was 18 ft. 6 in. and the length 2Q ft. 6 in. The same
familiar cream color as was used on the "Jeep" was used on
the "Goon" and the race number 5 was added for the
The little ship proved to be a worthy
successor of the "Jeep". It placed second in the Greve
Trophy Race with a speed of 250.42 mph finishing behind Tony
Le Vier in his Keith-Rider with
less than one mile per hour difference in the speeds. During
the early laps Tony and Art fought it out, changing spots at
every lap. Chester developed an oil leak which smeared his
windshield, causing him to cut No. 2 pylon. As he re-circled
it, he ended up a half lap behind. At this point Le
Vier, thinking he had a safe lead, throttled back to
save his engine for the Thompson. He was not aware of the
little cream job closing in on him until it was almost too
late to pour on the coal. He did spot Chester in time and
went on to win the race, but by a very narrow margin.
Trophy Race Chester didn't fare so well. He was in faster
company, of course. Earl Ortman in
his Marcoux-Bomberg, Roscoe Turner in his Turner-Laird, and
Steve Wittman in his "Bonzo". For 20 laps Chester managed to
hold fifth place, right behind Leigh Wade in the Military
Pursuit, a development of Frank Hawks' racer. Then the
Ratier propeller again started to throw oil and Chester had
to drop out.
Pleased with the performance of the
"Goon", Chester brought it again to the Nationals in 1939.
The little ship looked the same but some effort must have
been put forth, for the speed had been increased to 264 mph.
As the flag dropped for the Greve Race, again it was LeVier
and Chester as chief contenders. This time it was LeVier who
had hard luck. On the 11th lap he developed mag trouble and
had to drop out after being in the lead that distance.
Chester roared on to the finish, setting a speed of 263.39
mph for the race. This was a new speed record for a while
and certainly reduced his stability.