Bowers Fly Baby Model 1A

A picture of the Bowers Fly Baby Model 1A

In 1962, the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) held its first and only homebuilt aircraft design contest.  The winner was Peter Bowers’ Fly Baby.  The aircraft is an extremely simple wood and fabric design intended to be simple to build.  The plans for the aircraft were published in the EAA’s “Sport Aviation” magazine beginning in January 1963.  The Fly Baby proved to be a very adaptable design and Bowers modified his aircraft into both a seaplane and a biplane.

Service History

Built by Roy McCalden, Tucson, Arizona and completed in November 1978.

September 1985          Donated to Pima Air & Space Museum.

Wingspan

28 ft

Length

18 ft 10 in.

Height

6 ft 11 in.

Weight

925 lbs (loaded)

Maximum Speed

120 MPH

Service Ceiling

15,000 ft

Range

300 miles

Engine

One Continental A-65-8 with 65 horsepower

Crew

1

Manufacturer
Brewster

Markings
Roy McCalden, Tucson, Arizona, 1977

Designation
Fly Baby Model 1A

Registration
N9992

Serial Number
77-2

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