||Here's John Ten Cate's
Fly Baby. ZS-UVV was eventually sold, and suffered a fatal
sent me some pictures and a 1973 article on his "Bi-Fly Baby ;" a
version he designed himself, before Bowers developed the Biplane plans.
biplane is still active but in the intervening years, received a welded
steel-tube fuselage, landing gear, and tail section...note the subtle
in the shape of the vertical stabilizer and rudder.
Eulberg, one of the more-recent owners of N6131, named the plane
"Punkin" and sent the tale of his first
flight. He sold it to Saundra Bolden of Pass Christian,
and in December 2004 it was purchased by Bert Burril of Gulfport Miss.
Houston sent me this picture of his spiffy red N1584 .
Grimstead is an aviation writer currently living in Australia.
written several articles about Fly Babies, most recently about
Australia's one (and, at present) only Fly Baby. VH-YFB was
built by Ron MacPherson, who unfortunately died before he got a chance
to fly it. It bounced around through several owners until Bob
in in 2002. He's painted it as a "Bristol Balderdash," a
British fighter from the between-wars era. It includes armament
well! He recently sold half-interest to Rick Verwoood. See
the Photo Album of this aircraft.
||Here's a rare one...a photo of the
Fly Baby, before the fuselage was lengthened. It has the original
N-Number of N13P... the FAA made Pete change it, as short numbers were
restricted to small aircraft that couldn't carry larger ones.
South African Fly Baby goes aloft, this one built by Renate
She lives near Johannesburg, and bought this plane as an unfinished
The first flight of this O-235-powered beauty was in January
Says husband Doug, "Now I can see my wife again- I don't know what she
looks like anymore and our dogs think she is a stranger. She
all the tools in our house-I am very proud of her, she put in about 6
a day every weekday and about 14 hrs a day on weekends. The plane
looks fantastic- Well done Vulture."
Aviation two-seat tandem version, the "Hevle Classic," is now
flying. You can buy a kit for a steel-tube fuselage, or the plans
to build a wood-fuselage version. That's a picture of one of the
builders, Eric Hevle.
||Jack Hereford's HCI-radial-powered
Fly Baby. This airplane flew in 1997, but I've had no updates
since. According to a letter Hereford sent Pete in 1997, the
had an empty weight around 506 lbs...that's 140 or so pounds lighter
the average Fly Baby. Truss ribs, 3/32" ply (vs. 1/8"),
brakes, and he says the radial was 30 lbs lighter than an A-65.
||Dick Moga of
TN bought this Fly Baby in late 2006. It was built by Ronald Trom
and made its first flight in May, 1999. It is powered by
65 h.p. Continental that was overhauled to 0 time by an A&P
It includes a tow release to
the 'Armstrong' starter. Update: John
Wells bought the plane in December 2009.