||Here's John Ten Cate's
Fly Baby. ZS-UVV was eventually sold, and suffered a
sent me some pictures and a 1973 article on his "Bi-Fly Baby
version he designed himself, before Bowers developed the
biplane is still active but in the intervening years,
received a welded
steel-tube fuselage, landing gear, and tail section...note
in the shape of the vertical stabilizer and rudder.
Eulberg, one of the more-recent owners of N6131, named the
"Punkin" and sent the tale of his first
flight. He sold it to Saundra Bolden of Pass
and in December 2004 it was purchased by Bert Burril of
Houston sent me this picture of his spiffy red N1584 .
Grimstead is an aviation writer currently living in
written several articles about Fly Babies, most recently
Australia's one (and, at present) only Fly Baby.
built by Ron MacPherson, who unfortunately died before he
got a chance
to fly it. It bounced around through several owners
in in 2002. He's painted it as a "Bristol
British fighter from the between-wars era. It includes
well! He recently sold half-interest to Rick
the Photo Album of this
||Here's a rare one...a photo of
Fly Baby, before the fuselage was lengthened. It has
N-Number of N13P... the FAA made Pete change it, as short
restricted to small aircraft that couldn't carry larger
In 2017, John Smutny found a trove of old Fly Baby photos,
in the records of Dave Gauthier. Another couple of
N13P photos were found.
South African Fly Baby goes aloft, this one built by Renate
She lives near Johannesburg, and bought this plane as an
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
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
Baby. This airplane flew in 1997, but I've had no
since. According to a letter Hereford sent Pete in
had an empty weight around 506 lbs...that's 140 or so pounds
the average Fly Baby. Truss ribs, 3/32" ply (vs.
brakes, and he says the radial was 30 lbs lighter than an
||Dick Moga of
TN bought this Fly Baby in late 2006. It was built by
and made its first flight in May, 1999. It is
65 h.p. Continental that was overhauled to 0 time by an
It includes a tow release
the 'Armstrong' starter. Update: John
Wells bought the plane in December 2009.