Retro Aero currently includes three aircraft: One an "Experimental" built by an "Amateur", one built by one of the most famous manufacturers in General Aviation history, and one that trained a generation to fly and fight.
Lamar Steen conceived the Skybolt in 1968 to fulfill a need for a high-performance two-place aerobatic biplane that could accommodate larger pilots comfortably (Lamar was a big guy). The prototype was built in just a year by the high-school shop class he taught at Denver's Manual High School, as a project to teach wood, tube and fabric construction skills.
By the late '70s, the Skybolt became the most constructed two-place experimental aircraft of all time.
Obviously, every airplane is as unique as the builder, and no two experimental aircraft will ever be identical. But if you like aggressive, pop-the-eyes-out-of-your-head aerobatics, then the Skybolt is certainly up to the task!
180hp IO-360 Lycomming with Inverted Fuel and Oil
Two-Place with Canopy and Parachute or Soft Seats
In 1952, the Cessna 170B was introduced, featuring a new wing tapered outboard of the flaps, incorporating dihedral similar to the military version. The B model was equipped with very effective modified Fowler (slotted, rearward-traveling) wing flaps which deflect up to 40°, adapted from the C-305/Bird Dog, a wing design that lives on in the Cessna light singles of today (constant NACA 2412 section with a chord of 64 inches (1,600 mm) from centerline to 100 inches (2,500 mm) (the outboard end of the flaps), then tapering to 44-inch (1,100 mm) NACA 2412 section chord at 208 inches from centerline, with three-degree washout across the tapered section). The 170B model also included a new tailplane, a revised tailwheel bracket, and other refinements over the 170 and 170A. It was marketed in 1952 for $7245
Updated O-300D Continental 145hp engine
Currently under restoration, with an expected completion of July, 2024, our Stearman (Boeing) Model 75 is a biplane formerly used as a military trainer aircraft, of which at least 10,626 were built in the United States during the 1930s and 1940s. Stearman Aircraft became a subsidiary of Boeing in 1934. Widely known as the Stearman, Boeing Stearman, or Kaydet, it served as a primary trainer for the United States Army Air Forces, the United States Navy (as the NS and N2S), and with the Royal Canadian Air Force as the Kaydet throughout World War II. Using a 220hp Continental W670 radial engine, the airplane cruises at a blistering 90 mph. Someday, our airplane will look similar to this:
Tested to over 11G's
Lookup "Stearman Smiles" on Youtube
Is a current, present day trainer for the US Air Force.