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Stits DS-1 Baby Bird
In 1980, Don Stits began the design the Baby Bird, a tiny high-wing monoplane, with the goal of setting a new “Worlds Smallest Airplane” record. With the help of his wife, Lori, and their two children Ray and Jennifer, construction began in the family garage.
The Baby Bird’s fuselage and tail were constructed of steel tubing, the 6 ft 3 inch wing of spruce, and completed with fabric covering.   Baby Bird was powered by a 55hp Hirth engine swinging a ground-adjustable wood prop.
By the summer of 1984, the Baby Bird was ready for taxi tests. Don’s friend, Harold Nemer, was chosen to pilot the Baby Bird based on his experience and size.   In August 1984, Baby Bird completed taxi test and made its first flight. Over the course of time, Nemer completed 35 flights before Don retired the Baby Bird having reached his goal of resetting the record with a monoplane.
In 1986, the Baby Bird was registered in the Guinness Book of World Records as the “Smallest Monoplane in the World”.
Don donated the Baby Bird to the EAA AirVenture Museum in 1989.
Courtesy Don Stits


Engine: Hirth
Wingspan: about six ft
Overall length: 11 ft
Empty weight: 252 lb
Gross weight: 425 lb
Top speed: 110 mph
Lift off: 70 mph
Stall: 60 mph

Load: 9 g


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