Airdrome Aeroplanes

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Airdrome Aeroplanes
Private company
Industry Aerospace
Founded 1989
Headquarters Holden, Missouri, United States
Key people
CEO: Robert Baslee
Products Kit aircraft
Number of employees
Two (2016)

Airdrome Aeroplanes is an American aircraft manufacturer, founded by Robert Baslee, that offers a large selection of kit aircraft for amateur construction. The company is based in Holden, Missouri.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7]

The company produces a range of kits specializing in replica aircraft from the pre-World War I pioneer period and from both the Central Powers and Allies of World War I.[3][4][7][8]


Baslee started in aviation as a teenager, building model aircraft. He paid for his hobby by mowing lawns and shoveling snow in Lee's Summit, Missouri. A week before he turned 16, he sold all his models and started work on his private pilot certificate, completing it at age 17, with money earned working in the fast food industry. He became an apprentice machinist, graduated from high school in 1983 and later completed a degree in mechanical engineering.[9]

Baslee constructed a series of homebuilt aircraft, selling each one to pay for the next one. He had aspired to build a Fokker Triplane, but found the existing replica plans very complex and slow to construct. He applied his engineering knowledge and created a new design of the DR.1, with a simplified structure and revised airfoil, a modified Clark Y, to improve handling. The resulting design uses aluminum tubing and pop riveted gussets, in place of wooden structure. All designs use a two-spar wing design to give redundancy not found in the original First World War designs. Most World War I designs were very tail-heavy and so the balance was adjusted in his designs to give a better center of gravity.[9]

The prototype Triplane was shown at EAA AirVenture in 1989, resulting in requests for kits from prospective customers. This in turn resulted in the founding of the company to develop and produce the kits.[9]

Each design is completed over about 1000 hours of work and then a prototype is finished. The prototype construction allows the completion of photographs and video of the construction techniques.[9]

The company has two employees, including Baslee and ships an average of one kit per week. The company has about 500 aircraft flying.[9]

The company is best known for its construction of four full-scale Nieuport 17 aircraft for the 2006 film Flyboys during a period of 52 days. The company also built a Morane L for the 2009 film Amelia. [9]


References: Kitplanes[4] and Airdrome Aeroplanes[8]

Summary of aircraft built by Airdrome Aeroplanes
Model name First flight Number built Type
Bleriot Model XI 1 Pioneer aircraft replica
Dream Classic 49 Pioneer aircraft replica
Dream Fantasy Twin 4 Pioneer aircraft replica
Eindecker E-III 14 World War I aircraft replica
Fokker DR-1 23/5 World War I aircraft replica in 3/4 scale and full size
Fokker D-VI 7 World War I aircraft replica in 3/4 scale
Fokker D-VII 2 World War I aircraft replica 80% scale
Fokker D-VIII 16 World War I aircraft replica in 3/4 scale
Taube 1 World War I aircraft replica
Morane Saulnier L 1 World War I aircraft replica
Nieuport 11 1 World War I aircraft replica 7/8 scale
Nieuport 17 7 World War I aircraft replica
Nieuport 24 12 World War I aircraft replica
Nieuport 25 World War I aircraft replica
Nieuport 28 1 World War I aircraft replica
Sopwith Pup 1 World War I aircraft replica
Sopwith Camel 1 World War I aircraft replica
Sopwith Baby 1 World War I aircraft replica
DeHavilland DH-2 2 World War I aircraft 80% scale replica


  1. ^ Cliche, Andre: Ultralight Aircraft Shopper's Guide 8th Edition, page B-14. Cybair Limited Publishing, 2001. ISBN 0-9680628-1-4
  2. ^ Purdy, Don: AeroCrafter - Homebuilt Aircraft Sourcebook, page 110. BAI Communications. ISBN 0-9636409-4-1
  3. ^ a b Downey, Julia: 1999 Kit Aircraft Directory, Kitplanes, Volume 15, Number 12, December 1998, page 35. Primedia Publications. ISSN 0891-1851
  4. ^ a b c Downey, Julia: 2008 Kit Aircraft Directory, Kitplanes, Volume 24, Number 12, December 2007, page 38. Primedia Publications. ISSN 0891-1851
  5. ^ Airdrome Aeroplanes (2009). "Frequently Asked Questions". Retrieved 2009-10-02. 
  6. ^ Vandermeullen, Richard: 2011 Kit Aircraft Buyer's Guide, Kitplanes, Volume 28, Number 12, December 2011, page 38-40. Belvoir Publications. ISSN 0891-1851
  7. ^ a b Bayerl, Robby; Martin Berkemeier; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2011-12, page 92. WDLA UK, Lancaster UK, 2011. ISSN 1368-485X
  8. ^ a b Airdrome Aeroplanes (2009). "The Dream Classic". Retrieved 2009-10-01. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f Spangler, Scott. "Flying Both Sides". AVweb. Retrieved 19 February 2016. 

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