Air and Space Photo

Side view of a red and white painted smallest man-carrying plane.

On a dare from another pilot, Ray Stits designed and built the Sky Baby at his home in Riverside, California, to prove that he could build the world's smallest man-carrying airplane. To keep the overall dimensions of the SA-2A as small as possible, Stits chose a biplane layout with negative-stagger, full-cantilever wings, and a conventional, cruciform empennage. Highlighted in this image is the nose of the Stits SA-2A Sky Baby.