Mr. Orland “Ace” Corben saw the need for an aircraft that was safe, easy to fly, and inexpensive for the average person to build and operate. In 1923 Corben began designing airplanes. After only five years, he had created the first kit-built airplane, the Baby Ace.
The Ace became the first popular homebuilt aircraft. Today, the Ace is the only kit-built aircraft still being built and flown that can claim a heritage back to only 17 years after The Wright Brothers first flight.
This Baby Ace was acquired by Yanks in 2014 and hangs in the restoration facility. In 1985 it was flown in Hanford, CA as shown with the nose art of “Raggedy Ann”.
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|MFG: Ace Aircraft Manufacturing Company
First Produced: 1929
Number Built: 453
Wing Area: 112.3 sqft.
Length: 17′ 8.75″
Height: 6′ 7.75″
Empty Weight: 575 lbs.
Gross Weight: 950 lbs.
Powerplant: Continental O-170
Thrust: 85 hp.
Cruise Speed: 100 mph
Maximum Speed: 110 mph
Range: 350 miles