Scott Ironsides XS-1 / Ol' Ironsides
Construction of the aircraft was started by Ron Scott in the mid 1960s starting with a model rather than a drawing.
The Scott Ol' Ironsides is an early homebuilt aircraft using wood construction with stressed fiberglass panel construction. Ol' Ironsides is a strut-braced high-wing aircraft with conventional landing gear arrangement. The wooden fuselage is made of Sitka Spruce. Fiberglass composite skins were formed in 4 x 8 sheets using two layers of cloth with resin over a waxed Masonite table. The landing gear legs, fuel tank, wink tips, wheel pants, and cowling were also formed out of fibre-glass. Scott integrated elements of the Bowers Fly Baby and Champion J-1 Jupiter construction with the Wittman Tailwind airfoil and general layout into the design. The craft cost US$1530 in 1969.
Ol' Ironsides first flew on 22 November 1969 with a Continental C-85 engine sourced from a Cessna 140. In 1985 the prototype aircraft was restored and re-engined with a Continental O-200 and Sterba wooden propeller.
A 79-year-old pilot suffered head injuries after crashing his single-engine airplane at an airstrip in East Troy on Saturday, November 24th 2012. The crash happened just before 3:30 p.m. It occurred on a privately-maintained grass airstrip known as Air Troy Estates. Many residents who reside nearby have planes and hangars adjacent to the runway. The pilot, identified as Ronald Scott, was attempting to land his plane on the runway when he crashed. He had to be removed from the plane — which ended upside down. He was taken to a Waukesha Hospital to be treated for his injuries. Scott was flying an experimental 1969 Scottbuilt (he designed and built this plane) fixed wing XS-1 known as “Old Iron Sides”. The Walworth County Sheriff’s Office and the FAA were coordinating this investigation.