Ace Baby Ace
|Ace Baby Ace|
|Number built||453 (2011)|
$1095 for a A-40 engined model in 1935, approximately $2750 to build in 1971
The Ace Baby Ace was the world's first aircraft to be marketed as a homebuilt aircraft when its plans were offered for sale in 1929. Plans are still available and Baby Aces are still being built today[update]. Orland Corben designed a series of aircraft for the Ace Aircraft Manufacturing Company, the Baby Ace, Junior Ace, and Super Ace. Corbin's name was associated with the aircraft, and it is commonly known as the Corben Baby Ace.
It is a single-seat parasol wing monoplane of conventional taildragger configuration. Individual examples have been configured with tricycle landing gear. The fuselage is of fabric-covered tubular construction and the wings are wood. The first example flew with a Heath-Henderson B-4 modified motorcycle engine. A variety of aircraft powerplants may be used, typically in the 65-100 hp (50-75 kW) range. Examples have been built using 70 hp Chevrolet Corvair engines.
The Baby Ace kits and production models were constructed in Madison, Wisconsin. In America, state and federal laws banned homebuilding and flight in the uncertified designs by 1938. In 1948, Experimental aircraft were allowed to be built again in America. In 1952 Paul Poberezny, founder of the Experimental Aircraft Association bought the rights to the Ace aircraft for $200, and produced a sub-$800 Baby Ace that was featured in Mechanix Illustrated. The series of articles were in conjunction with a CAA effort to revitalize American aviation by promoting amateur built aircraft. A 1958 Baby Ace is currently the oldest Canadian homebuilt aircraft flying.
- Baby Ace
- Super Ace
- Single-seat powered by a Ford Model A Automovie engine. Plans updated by EAA founder Paul Poberezny.
- Jr. Ace
- Two-seat tandem variant.
- Pober Jr Ace
- Updated plans of the Jr. Ace model
Specifications (Baby Ace D)
Data from Experimenter
- Crew: one, pilot
- Length: 17 ft 11 in (5.46 m)
- Wingspan: 26 ft 6 in (8.08 m)
- Height: 6 ft 7 in ()
- Wing area: 110 ft² (10.22 m²)
- Airfoil: Clark Y
- Empty weight: 600 lb (270 kg)
- Loaded weight: 950 lb (430 kg)
- Powerplant: 1 × Salmson, Szekely, Continental, or Anzani engine choices., 65-100 hp (50-75 kW)
- Maximum speed: 95 knots (110 mph, 176 km/h)
- Cruise speed: 86.9 knots (100 mph, 161 km/h)
- Stall speed: 16 knots (19 mph, 30 km/h)
- Service ceiling: 10,500 ft (3,200 m)
- Rate of climb: 1,200 ft/min (370 m/min)
- Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
- Vandermeullen, Richard: 2012 Kit Aircraft Buyer's Guide, Kitplanes, Volume 28, Number 12, December 2011, page 37. Belvoir Publications. ISSN 0891-1851
- Leo J. Kohn (Winter 1971). "The true cost of building your own plane". Air Trails: 63.
- "The Baby Ace". Experimenter. February 1955.
- "EAA Fly-In". Flying Magazine: 37. November 1960.
- David A Gustafson (October 1991). "Baby Ace". Air Progress.
- Air Trails: 14. Winter 1971.
- "Tiger Boy's Airplane Works". Retrieved 6 May 2011.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Ace Baby Ace.|
- Web site of Ace Aircraft provides info on the kit for building the Corben Baby Ace Model D.
- The History of Ace Aircraft