Friday, March 13, 2009


STANDARD DATA: Gross wt. 850. Empty wt. 475. Fuel capacity 12. Wingspan 16'8". Length 13'9". Engine 80-hp Continental. PERFORMANCE: Top mph 135. Cruise mph 118. Stall mph 50. Climb rate 2,000. Takeoff run 300. Landing roll 400. Ceiling 17,000. Range 250.

Barney Oldfield’s Baby Great Lakes flies much like its big brother, the Great Lakes Sport Trainer. The “Baby Lakes” was designed to get the same sort of flying ease and performance at lower cost. It uses a steel-tube fuselage, wooden wings, and fabric cover, and it offers unusually lively aerobatic performance when powered by an 80-hp Continental engine. The “Baby Lakes” can also be fitted with a 50- to 100-hp Continental, a 108-hp Lycoming, or a 125-hp Lycoming. Its makers say it will outfly aircraft with twice the horsepower, and it is the least-expensive high-performance biplane available to the homebuilder.


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