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Wanttaja

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When he passed away, Pete Bowers donated his entire collection to Seattle's Museum of Flight. One of the original sets of plans was part of the donation.

The Museum of Flight has scanned in the plans in a searchable PDF format, and have it on their site for free reading/download:

https://digitalcollections.museumoff...ems/show/50159

Click the "download" button for your own copy.

Note that this version of the plans dates from the same time as the magazine articles, so the PB100 material will be directly applicable.

Pete Bowers Centennial Fly Baby Reboot

18 years ago, Wolfang Dertnig put together a list of plans updates. You can see the changes at:

http://www.bowersflybaby.com/tech/revisions.pdf


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Fantastic, Ron, thanks for the information. I love looking at and sharing plans. I already have my copy.

Now, can we somehow convince the San Diego Air & Space Museum to do the same with Ray Stits plans? Currently they will print you them for an amount that will be about $400 for a set of plans....
 

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SDASM would need to rescan the Stits plans first if my Flut-R-Bug plans are any indication. The quality was not great.

Now, can we somehow convince the San Diego Air & Space Museum to do the same with Ray Stits plans? Currently they will print you them for an amount that will be about $400 for a set of plans....
 

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That's sad that they are charging that for unsupported plans. Hell I'd take them and make a new set of electronic plans if for no other reason than to preserve the knowledge. I'd love to see a Stits-Besler Executive/SA-11 running around - maybe lightened up or simplified with some big tires - checks a lot of boxes for me.

Sorry for the inadvertent thread-jack.

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Sorry for the inadvertent thread-jack.
Not a problem at all. You are fully compliant with Clause #2 in the "Rules of the Internet":

The Rules of the Internet – August 2015
By Ron Wanttaja​

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In person, “What kind of idiot are you?” accompanied by a grin and a slap on the back is easily recognized as being jocular. Yet the same words in an online message may raise hackles, since it lacks the non-verbal cues.
When I first started doing this someone asked what planet I was on which offended me slightly. Turns out my clock was 12 hours ahead.
 

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Hey Ron,

Long time, no type.

I remember the Air Progress article when I first learned of Pete.
What was it? 1963?
That's the day I fell in love with the Fly Baby.
Still do too.

Richard Lamb
 

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Hey Ron,

Long time, no type.

I remember the Air Progress article when I first learned of Pete.
What was it? 1963?
That's the day I fell in love with the Fly Baby.
Still do too.

Hi, Richard, good to hear from you. A lot of the old RAH crowd are here. Still have the Baby Ace?

Ron Wanttaja
 
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