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Baby Ace: The First Home-Built Aircraft in the World

Baby Ace: The First Home-Built Aircraft in the World

The revolution of the home-built aircraft

The Founder of Ace Aircraft manufacturers Mr. Orland G. Corben was born on the 16th of April 1904 in Des Moines, Iowa, USA. Mr. Corben’s passion for flying was so strong, that he learned to fly in a war surplus Curtiss JN “Jenny” at the age of 14. And by the time he was 19, he started designing airplanes and five years later founded the Ace Aircraft manufacturing company in Wichita, Kansas.

1974 Baby Ace

Mr Corben became an icon in the aviation community when he quickly responded to the demand for home-built aircraft. His vision to create kits and plans, for home-built aircraft that were affordable, safe and easy to fly came to a reality when he gave birth to the Baby Ace in 1929. Thus revolutionizing the history of the aircraft industry.

Pilot Orland G. Corben accepts the winner’s trophy at the Kroger Air Show

Baby Ace a handyman’s dream

Baby Ace is a home-built aircraft manufactured for the use of the amateur’s to build kit-planes at the comfort of their homes for recreational purpose. These kit-planes are built with multiple assembly parts, allowing the buyer to construct of one’s imagination, creativity, or straight from the assembly kits. The Baby Ace is a single seater with parasol wing open cockpit monoplane resembling a biplane and does not require any special skill to assemble. The most common material used is wood and some metal, and the only real skill you would require is a bit of welding and the ability to read a simple plan. And I guess the time and the money to be able to build one.

General Characteristics of Baby Ace

The components of the kit-plane are light and simple. Its safety feature is not like other aircraft that uses the center section of the three piece wing variety. Baby Ace is very safe and uses a strong A-Frame style cabane that gives it a turnover structure in times of accidents. The fuselage is of fabric-covered tubular construction, and the wings are made of wood and not mounted directly to the fuselage as most aircraft. Baby Ace has a length of 17 feet and 11 inches (5.46 meters) a height of 6 ft 7 inches (2.04 meters) and a wingspan of 26 feet 6 inches (8.08 meters). The Maximum takeoff weight is 950 lbs (430 kg) an empty weight of 600 lbs or (270 kg). The maximum speed is 176 km/h (110 mph,) a Cruising speed of 100 mph, (161 km/h) and a Stall speed of 19 mph (30 km/h). Variants for the Baby Ace are the Baby Ace, Junior Ace, and Super Ace.

Corben Baby Ace (CF-RAC) 1958

Ace Babies from 18,000 to 20,000 USD

Orland Corben, who caused an explosion in the home-built aircraft movement, sadly passed away in 1968 after spending his lifetime doing what he loved, and designing inexpensive safe and easy to fly Kit-planes. He’s gone, but not forgotten his legacy that flying should not be a rich man’s luxury and his well designed masterpieces are still alive and well. Baby Ace’s plans are still available, and up to date, his home-built aircraft are still being built and flown by many pilots. If you’re thinking of buying and building a Baby Ace, they are still available for 18,000 to 20,000 USD. Flying one would feel like going back in time. “Deja vu”

Corben Baby Ace
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