On the Wings of an Albatross: Hawley Bowlus and his BA-100 Baby Albatross
Author: Jeff Byard
Paperback, 104 pages, many black and white and color photos
Dimensions: 8.5 x 11 x 0.2 inches
(216 x 279 x 5 mm)
The Bowlus Baby Albatross was one of the most popular American designed sailplanes of the late 1930s and early 1940s. Designed by William Hawley Bowlus of San Fernando, California, this beautiful little sailplane has inspired several generations of young and old to pursue carriers in all facets of aviation including the sport of soaring. This is the story of Hawley Bowlus and his iconic BA-100 Baby Albatross.
About the Author
Jeff Byard is an Airline Pilot and A&P/IA Mechanic who has been flying since 1967. He first learned to fly at El Mirage Field, California as a 14 year old in Gus Briegleb's WWII surplus Schweizer TG-3 sailplanes. He is active in the restoration, maintaining and flying of various antique aircraft and regularly flies his Baby Albatross and modern Genesis 2 sailplanes at the Mountain Valley Airport in Tehachapi, California.
Review by Paul Remde
I am currently reading the book and enjoying it very much! I especially liked the story by Stan Hall (designer of the Cherokee) and his first flight in the glider. It was the glider's first thermalling fight, and his first thermalling flight.