Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum Receives Donation of “Baby Ace”

The Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum has received a Corben Baby Ace home built aircraft that was donated by Carol Bell.  The design of this series of aircraft goes back to the late 1920s, when Orland G. “Ace” Corben produced the first kit-built aircraft, the Baby Ace, and soon after, the two-seat Junior Ace.  The designs appeared in popular scientific journals, and interest in them grew during the 1930s, even during a time of changing certification rules that hampered the home-built aircraft market.  Later, in 1953, the same year that the EAA was formed, Paul Poberezny acquired the assets of the Corben Sport Plane Company and still owns a Junior Ace today.  The aircraft is still produced in kits or completed by Ace Aircraft in northeast Georgia at the Toccoa-Stephens County Airport.  The donated aircraft will soon be reassembled and displayed in the museum’s historic Curtiss-Wright Hangar 2 at St. Louis Downtown Airport.  More information about the Baby Ace and its history can be found at http://www.aceaircraft.com/.

 

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