Fly Baby Photos Page 10


Edwin More send in this 1970 picture of N59229, buillt back in the mid 60's. "The wings would not traverse the basement bulkheads in the two homes I lived in at that time, so they ended up with Super Cub type flaps to accommodate the basement bulkheads. I was enamored of the Turner T-40 use of the NACA knife edge canopy so built one as a convertible setup. This allowed a tripod turnover post supporting the canopy. I had some light weight aluminium and did two things with it. The first was to build a removable belly pan to get at the underside for cleaning and maintenance. This pan had a plexi clear panel right between your feet so you could look straight down. The turtle deck from the windshield back to the rear end of the storage compartment was made in one piece with a 1/2 OD tubing frame and covered with aluminium including the headrest. It rested on three pivot arms which came over center when down and kicked up the rear end to clear the turtle deck when opened. I also added a curved dorsal fin like the Aeronca Champs...N59229 was stored in an open tobacco shed used as a hangar when the snow brought the roof down and bent the left gear tube at the flanges. It was sold and ended up in MO."

N4784 was built by Larry Corbin, and first flew in 1970.  It has a steel tube fuselage and landing gear, and is powered by an A65.  Larry still flies it.  It's pictured with N500F in the mid '90s.

C-FCSH was rebuilt by Mario Biondi of British Columbia.  It was sold to Hans Teijgeler in Summer 2014, and Hans brought it home to the Netherlands.  After the usual fun-and-games with the bureaucrats, it was licensed as PH-BRR.

Colin Hay of North Otago, New Zealand, bought a couple of Fly Babies in the US and brought them home for restoration.  Here's the first one, repainted in a British Royal Navy scheme.  Colin is a reservist in the Royal New Zealand Navy.

By the way, the "NZ3096" is NOT the registration number for the Fly Baby.  It's actually ZK-CFB.  Where's the "ZK-"?  Since New Zealand is a set of islands a thousand miles from any other land, most GA planes there will never fly anywhere else.  Hence, the aviation authority doesn't require the full registration number on the exterior.

Bob Sholtes bought N77HP in August 2012.  It was orginally built in Akron OH, Bob is going to base it in Virginia.

N385RP was built by Andy Knights.  At this writing (November 2012) he's finishing off the last few things for the final signoff.  The plane's got an overhauled O-200, Sensenich 69x48 propeller, and a full electrical system.  Check out the interesting trick on the instrument panel... he's installed the panel even with the AFT edge of the shelf, which gives him several more inches in depth to mount his electronics.  He's got a little hinged hatch for accessing his Master Turnbuckle

NX19GG was originally built in the 70's.  Vintage Aircraft Association Chapter 16 obtained it in 2007 and started a five-year restoration project as a fund-raiser.  They displayed it with a for-sale sign at Oshkosh 2012, where it received a Bronze Lindy (workmanship award).  It was sold soon after.    The registration number reflects that fact that designs more than 25 years old can use the "X" designation to denote Experimental, just like in the '30s.

C-FZSB is owned by Brad Hewett, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

G-UPID is a stunningly beautiful British Fly Baby, built by Roy Taylor.  The color (whoops, "colour") scheme is a common British one from the '20s...light blue fuselage, silver wings and tail.  Iain MacDonald bought the plane in 2021 and brought it home to Scotland.  It now nests near G-EFRP, the OTHER Scottish Fly Baby!

Laurentien Auclair just completed a rarity...not only is this a Fly Baby biplane, but it's powered by a VW engine with a belt reduction!  He started to build it in 2008, and it took 3000 hours to build.  It's already taken some awards.  No details on the engine installation yet; will be forthcoming as data is received.

N16687 is registered to Emerson Stewart of Waynesville, Ohio.  This photo is taken from a set of fantastic air-to-air shots taken by Steve Dilullo, and included in his "A Mile of Runway Can Take You Anywhere" blog.