Stits Sky Baby
The Sky Baby was designed by Ray Stits, who built his Junior in 1948. No sooner had Stits completed it than word spread that someone was working on a design just a fraction smaller. Not about to be inched out of his record, Stits set to work again and finished the Sky Baby at his Riverside, California workshop in the sum-mer of 1952. It was incredibly small, with biplane wings 2.18 m (7 ft 2 in) in span. The Sky Baby was powered by a 112-hp Continental engine, race-tuned, which gave it a maximum speed close to 322 kph (200 mph). Only one man ever flew it - Bob Starr, Ray Stits' partner, who had the experience and outstanding piloting qualities which the tricky midget apparently demanded. The Sky Baby still holds the title of world's smallest aircraft in 1980. It is preserved at the Experimental Aircraft Association's museum in a suburb of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.