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In 1957, the Experimental Aircraft Association invited its membership to design, build and submit designs for a low-cost, easy-to-build, and easy-to-fly folding wing airplane for judging in a competition in conjunction with the National Fly-in in 1959. For various reasons, the competition was postponed until 1962. Pete Bowers, of Seattle, Washington Fly Baby 1A ultralight plansmet the specifications for a homebuilt airplane including requirements that, among other things, it could be built in a space 7'x8'x20', which was equivalent to an average home garage.

As the plans state, "Great emphasis [was] placed upon safe flight characteristics and good low speed performance for takeoff and landing at some sacrifice of high speed." (Fly Baby plans, "Introduction", p. A) Also crucial to the design were simple wood construction techniques using fairly common tools available to average people.

Bowers won the EAA design award with the Fly Baby, and was met with howling demand for plans.

This airplane has been built with an impressive array of modifications personal to builders, and the original design has been modified by Bowers himself into a parasol monoplane (model 1B, kinda like a bi-plane without the lower wing), and bi-plane (model 1C). A wide variety of engines have been fitted, as have floats for marine models.

Performance has been more than satisfactory. The low wing loading (about 7 pounds per square foot) gives it very friendly flying characteristics, and, before the FAA changed the rules over this sort of thing, the Fly Baby even towed gliders.

Pete Bowers rendered a uniquely lovable design that will likely never disappear as long as individual crazies insist on gluing together man-sized model airplanes and flying them on their own. He did guys like me a big favor.

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Wing Span .................. 28.00 ft.  Takeoff Dist . ................. 350 ft. 
Wing Area ................... 120.0 sq. ft.  Landing Dist . ................ 450 ft.
Length ......................... 18.50 ft.  VNE ............................. 120 mph 
Max Gross Wt . ............ 925 lbs.  Cruise ................................ 95 mph 
Empty Wt . .................... 605 lbs.  Stall ............ 45 mph 
Fuel Capacity ............. 16 gal.  Climb Rate @msI ........ 1100 fpm 
Seats ...1  Service Ceiling ............ 15,000 ft. 
Engine  Continental 65 - 100 hp Construction Wood, Fabric 
Plans  available Est. Bldg. Time  1200 hrs. 

0458 16th Avenue South 
Seattle WA 98168 
Tel. 206-242-2582 

Fly Baby 1A aircraft plans, plans for the Fly Baby 1A ultralight.
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