EAA’s Founders’ Wing exhibit in the EAA
This Baby Ace is not an EAA project, it’s
ours, but maybe it can spark additional interest in homebuilding. We’re off to a good
start. The tubing, spars, struts, wheels, and
brakes cost more than 1954 prices and a used
Continental 65 engine isn’t $25 or $50.
It didn’t take long when the word got
around about what was going on at the
Aeroplane Factory [here in Oshkosh] before
visitors and volunteers who wanted to be a
part of the project started showing up. The
Baby Ace is now sitting on the gear with
some improvements—a wider cockpit, with
more legroom. The wings are almost
complete, managed by one of our Vintage
Aircraft Association directors in Indiana
who used it as a classroom project with each
student building a wing rib and signing his
or her name on it. A Continental 65 engine is
being majored, the tail group is complete,
and many other items remain to be
completed. It will be painted in its original
Paul Poberezny and his Baby Ace project.
colors (again based on the Mechanix
Illustrated article). We plan on having it
completed by EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
2012—uncovered to whet the appetites of
airplane dreamers. There are so many
designs of aircraft to choose from. Let’s keep
the movement alive and give it greater
visibility at EAA’s fly-in.
The Society of Experimental Test Pilots for
many years has been a great asset to our military as well as major aircraft companies.
Even before World War II, both civil and
military test pilots were leaders in advanced
safety and design, and often at great risk.
They still hold symposiums from time to
time, including in other countries.
Some of these test pilots are EAA members who also have built their own airplanes.
I think we could use their help, not in testing
our airplanes or designs necessarily, but
rather in helping us understand what we
need to know or should consider on some of
our first flights. Some of these fine members
have been here and flown here—this year in
Boeing’s Dreamliner and two years ago in
the Airbus 380. They were walking among
you, along with EAA builders who have gone
on flights to space.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a group of
EAA test pilots hold a symposium in the
Homebuilder’s Headquarters during EAA
AirVenture or at other EAA activities? Please
provide me with your comments; I would
appreciate hearing your thoughts. Feel free
to e-mail me at email@example.com.