STOLP-HENDERSON SA-300 STARDUSTER TOO – N32CH
In November of 1957 the first Starduster, a single-seat sport biplane, designed and built by Lou Stolp and George Adams, was flown. As a result of the fine performance of the aircraft, the Stolp Starduster Corporation was established to market plans, components, and basic materials to amateur builders.
In the mid-1960s, Lou designed an enlarged, two-seat version of his airplane, which he dubbed the Starduster Too. The Stolp SA-300 Starduster Too was a rugged machine, designed to high standards and quality as a sport biplane for pleasure and precision flying. It was not designed as a competition aircraft for aerobatics or for racing, although it could have accomplished both activities with ease.
The fuselage was built of welded steel tubing and the wing was of conventional construction, with the ribs cut from mahogany marine plywood. The spars were made of spruce and the compression struts were made of aircraft birch plywood. The wheel pants were styled similar to those used on the Cessna 172 and Piper Cherokee. The nose cowl, turtle-back, and headrest were all formed of fiberglass. The Starduster Too was powered by a 260 hp Lycoming IO-540 D4B5 engine.
C. F. “Hank” Henderson began building his very own Starduster Too in October of 1977. Hank’s Starduster Too had a few special features, including a higher firewall to enable a higher fuselage top, which gave more room for instrument panels and a larger main tank. The paint scheme Hank chose followed as close as possible to that of the Gee Bee R-1 racer of the early 1930s. Hank chose that racer’s paint scheme because he was a “Go-Fer” during the construction of the Gee Bee Racers.
Hank’s Starduster Too was a fine example of craftsmanship and won many awards including EAA Reserve Grand Champion in 1982. With the intention of contributing to the education, interest, and excitement of present and future aviation enthusiasts, Hank donated his Starduster Too to the EAA AirVenture Museum in 1982.
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