The Staib LB-1 Special is a homebuilt aircraft design of Wilbur Staib.
Wilbur Staib (1914-1993) was a self-taught aircraft designer from Diamond, Missouri. Staib served as a flight instructor during the Second World War at Chanute, Kansas flying PT-14s. He designed and built five different “LB” (Little Bastard) aircraft and a helicopter, of which several had the title “world’s smallest”. He flew his aircraft in air shows with the title “The Diamond Wizard”.
The LB-1 was a single engine, open cockpit biplane with conventional landing gear. The low-cost construction included using brazed steel bedspring wire for wing-ribs, and bed-sheet muslin covering. The airfoil was patterned on a Taylorcraft BC-12D. The aircraft used three fuel tanks: one in the headrest, one in the baggage compartment and one against the firewall. The red and white checkerboard-painted aircraft was outfitted with a smoke system for air show work.
Staib used the LB-1 to perform on the pro-akro circuit, performing stunts such as inverted ribbon cuts. His LB-1 was comparable to the Pitts Special flown by Betty Skelton at the same shows. The aircraft performed from 1949 to 1952. The prototype was registered as late as 1990.
Data from Air Trails
- Crew: 1
- Length: 15 ft (4.6 m)
- Wingspan: 17 ft (5.2 m)
- Height: 5 ft (1.5 m)
- Wing area: 95 sq ft (8.8 m2)
- Empty weight: 600 lb (272 kg)
- Fuel capacity: 17 U.S. gallons (64 L; 14 imp gal)
- Powerplant: 1 × Continental C-85horizontally opposed piston aircraft engine
- Propellers: 2-bladed Metal
- Maximum speed: 96 kn (110 mph, 180 km/h)
- Cruise speed: 87 kn (100 mph, 160 km/h)
- Stall speed: 48 kn (55 mph, 89 km/h)
- Endurance: 2.5hr
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