In 1936 veteran Stearman engineer Wayne Dalrymple designed and built a diminutive racing monoplane in his spare time. The airplane’s empty weight was only 260 pounds with a maximum weight of 450 pounds. The tiny ship had a wingspan of 20 feet four inches and a length of 14 feet. Total wing area was a mere 54 square feet, and Wayne chose an M-6 airfoil section for low drag without sacrificing low-speed handling characteristics. The fixed main landing gear featured fairings to reduce drag, and a simple tailskid sufficed for maneuvering on the ground. A two-cylinder, 30-horsepower Aeronca E107A piston engine powered the racer, fed by a five-gallon fuel tank that provided a maximum range of 200 statute miles. Dalrymple estimated the aircraft had a maximum speed of 115 mph and a landing speed of 46 mph.

Wayne Dalrymple had recently completed his diminutive racer when this photo was taken. (Wichita State University Department of Special Collections, University Archives)


Although the fate of Dalrymple’s racer is unknown, its builder and pilot was involved in the crash of a Cessna EC-2 “Baby Cessna” monoplane on January 2, 1933. Wayne had purchased the two-place Cessna in June of 1932 and had been flying it on a regular basis, but it was reported to have been “unlicensed” when the accident occurred. The day of the crash Dalrymple had been giving flight instruction to Forrest Mangan – a 25-year of service station attendant – at the airfield on East Central Avenue used by the Buckley Aircraft Company. A number of eyewitnesses reported that after a short flight the ship “entered a tailspin” on final approach at an altitude of about 200 feet. The EC-2 was destroyed and Mangan was killed, but Dalrymple survived and was hospitalized with serious injuries. Dalrymple is not a well-known name in the “Air Capital of the World,” but his story adds another interesting twist to Wichita’s rich history of aviation.

The Cessna EC-2 was a small, two-place monoplane powered by an Aeronca two-cylinder engine rated at 30 horsepower. Designer Eldon Cessna and his famous father Clyde, squeezed into the cramped cockpit for the photographer sometime in March 1931. (Robert Pickett Collection)