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Stits Sky Baby

Stits-SBaby

 

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 sum­mer 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).
 
Bob Starr, Ray Stits' partner, flew it and had the experience and outstanding piloting qualities which the tricky midget apparently demanded. There was a second pilot, Lester Cole of Cole Bros Airshows.
 
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 Courtesy Don Stits
 

The Sky Baby still holds the title of world's smallest aircraft in 1980. It was preserved at the Experimental Aircraft Association's museum in a suburb of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, then on display at Smithsonian Air & Space museum.

 
Engine: 112 hp Continental
Wingspan: 2.18 m (7 ft 2 in)
Length: 9 ft 10 in
Empty weight: 452 lb

Maximum speed: 185 mph

 

 

 


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