Updated 19 November 2017
See my Buying Used Fly Babies page for what to look for, when evaluating a flying aircraft.
Tiner has his well-traveled
Fly Baby for sale. N4268 has a 75 hp engine and electric
start, and he's asking $6,900.
Compression 73/74/74/72. New stainless steel exhaust and new carb
heat shroud 2016. Time 357 hrs SMOH.
Airframe: Built 1974. Fabric recovered in 1996 and hangared since then. Currently in fully enclosed hangar at Sullivan, MO KUUV. Grove hydraulic brakes, Matco tail wheel. Goodyear premium 800-4 4 ply rib tires 2016. No electrical system, starts from rechargeable battery. Safety improvements include 1/4-inch carry-through bolts for the wing cables, reinforced bulkheads that carry the wing bolts, other improvements. TT 357 tach-hrs.
Propeller: Sensenich 72x42, wooden with metal leading edge. Lightly sanded, varnished, balanced by Culver Props 2015.
Instruments etc: oil temp, oil pressure, air speed, altimeter, tach, compass, ball slip indicator, carb heat, primer, and vernier mixture control.
Logs: Complete engine and airframe logs.
Condition inspections: N4268 has a current condition inspection. All condition inspections since 2010 have been done by a well-respected St. Louis A/P who has owned, flown, and repaired Fly Babies as well as other wood and fabric and vintage aircraft.
Damage history: Two hard landings with damage and repairs documented in the logs. 250 tach-hr of flying since most recent damage repair. Some upgrades and minor repairs are more recent.
Reliable aircraft: Engine starts promptly, runs smoothly. N4268 has crossed the United States “vertically” from Pembina, ND to Galvestion, TX; and half way across the United States “horizontally” from First Flight NC to Ponca City, OK.
Contact owner: John H. Tiner
Brent Matheson has a partially (mostly)-completed Fly Baby for
sale. It's pretty much finished, except for the covering,
and he has the ceconite fabric and five gallons of dope along with
the other covering supplies. The Flybaby is fitted
with an A-65 Continental engine which he bought as a run-out and
then rebuilt. He's located in Balsam Lake, WI, which is
about 60 miles east of Minneapolis, MN. He's looking
for about $4,000. email@example.com
Be advised: This not your wimpy little 3" shoulder patch. The goal was to duplicate the look of the squadrom patches worn on WWII flying jackets. This patch is a big, bold, five inches in diameter...it's larger than the palm of your hand.
Years ago, I showed Pete Bowers the nose art on my airplane, which was cribbed from a "Far Side" cartoon. Pete said he liked it because it included the original "Fly Baby" lettering/nose art from N500F. Hence, the new patch shows Roscoe atop the same yellow lettering on the red background, just like Pete had on the original plane.
I'm asking $7 for the first patch, and $6 each for additional
patches ordered at the same time. Email me for the ordering
It's been a long-time tradition for aircraft to carry nose art,
and Roscoe is as worthy as they come. When Hans Tiejgeler
bought his Fly Baby in mid-2014, he wanted some big 'ol Roscoes on
Print shops being what they are, it cost about the same for Hans
to print up a couple dozen as for just a couple. I bought
his extra, and now you can proudly plaster Roscoe over whatever
surfaces you want...nose, tail, rear hatch of the wife's SUV,
There are two sizes: One is about 14 inches long, and the
other is about seven. They're both the peel-and-stick kind,
with existing scoring around the black outline of the image (so
you attach just Roscoe, not the white paper surrounding). I
don't have a "left hand" image...so Roscoe will have to be flying
backwards on the left side of the plane. That is *so* like
The price, including postage, is $6 for the small ones ($10 for a
pair), or $12 for the big ones ($20 for a pair). Email me at
firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested.
These images are mirrored since that's how you print on the
T-shirt transfer material. The material can be found at
nearly any office supply store (Office Depot, Stapes, Office Max,
etc.). I'd buy a pack of three T-shirts and count on wasting
at least one on the first try.
This are of pretty good interest to Fly Baby builders. There are a number of hints and suggestions, and a total of 200 pages (printed double-sided, so there are only 100 sheets). Be advised there is an equal amount of "What Joe Smith is working on now" sort of information...vital and informative when the newsletter is mailed out, but of less use to builders thirty years later. It's fun to read, though.
Anyway, I ran some copies for the Fly Baby mailing list members, and have about five left. I'm selling these for $20, US Postage paid. Email me for ordering information.
These the bulletins are also available for free download. A few
hard copies are still available. If you prefer, I'll send
you a CD with all the content for $5 (postpaid).
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