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