Baby Albatross BA-100 Bowlus   

General Details
Manufacturer: Bowlus
Plane Name:

Baby Albatross BA-100

Classified as: Unclassified
Country Of Origin: U S A
Designer: Hawley Bowlus
No. of Seats 1
No. Built 156
L/DMax: 20
MinSink: 0.69 m/s / 2.25 fps


Span Area Empty Weight Payload Gross Weight Wing Load Water Ballast
m ft sq.m sq.ft kg lb. kg lb. kg lb. kg
kg lb.
13.56 44.5 13.93 150 136 300 93 205 229 505 16.44 3.3 0 0
Aspect ratio: 13.2
Airfoil: Go 535 (mod)
Structure: 1-strut-braced wood/fabric wings; wood/fabric all-moving tail surfaces, metal tail boom; wood pod

The Baby Albatross, which flew in 1937, was a production design for both kits and complete sailplanes. Bowlus produced kits until the oubreak of World War II in 1942, and in 1944 Laister-Kauffmann bought the rights but produced no aircraft before going out of business. The wing is reminiscent of the German Grunau Baby design, and the pod is a molded plywood unit. No spoilers are provided, but some have been modified by owners to provide them. Many other modifications were carried out, including one Baby with a steel tube pod built by Schweizer. Many soaring notables had a Baby Bowlus as their first ship, including Dick Johnson, Dick Schreder and Joe Lincoln, and flights of more than 402 km / 250 miles have been made. One example belongs to the National Soaring Museum. The Vintage Sailplane Association has plans. ATC.


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