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Bowlus BA-100 Baby Albatross

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This object is on display in the Commercial Aviation exhibition station at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.


William Hawley Bowlus offered the BA-100 Baby Albatross as a series of builders kits advertised in popular magazines to pilots interested in affordable flying at a time when the money for such activities was hard to come by. The kits cost one-fifth the $2,500 asking price of the higher performance Bowlus-du Pont Senior Albatross (see NASM collection). Bowlus made parts for about 90 aircraft and sold between 40 and 60 kits before the start of World War II ended the program.

Gift of Ralph P. Kliegle.

Manufacturer: William H. Bowlus

Date: 1937

Country of Origin: United States of America

Dimensions: Wingspan: 13.6 m (44 ft 6 in)
Length: 5.8 m (18 ft 11 in)
Height: n/a
Weights: Empty, 140 kg (312 lb)
Gross, 227 kg (505 lb)
Maximum lift-to-drag ratio: 19:1 @ 56 km/h (35 mph)
Never-Exceed Speed: 100 km/h (62 mph)

Physical Description:Single-seat, high-wing monoplane glider with wooden monocoque fuselage pod, aluminum tube tail boom, and wooden empennage; fabric-covered rudders and elevators and strut-braced wooden wings partially covered with fabric; hardware and fittings are cast aluminum.

Inventory number: A19630397000

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