REVISED: 11/27/07


ALSO SEE Ford-Stout

1919: (William B) Stout Engineering Laboratories, Detroit MI. 1922: Stout Metal Airplane Co, Dearborn MI. 1924: Henry Ford into the picture as a major backer in Stout's operations. 1925: Stout Metal Airplane Div, Ford Motor Co. 1926: Stout Air Services (Air Lines).1929: Stout Engr Labs revived. 1941: Stout Skycraft Corp, Dearborn MI. 1946: Stout Research Division of Convair. 1948: Stout Research Laboratories (ornithopters).

  Stout Air Sedan (Walter E Lees coll via Ralph Cooper)
  Stout 1-AS and 2-AT comparison

1-AS Air Sedan 1923 = 5pChwM; 90hp Curtiss OX-5, replaced by a 150hp Hisso when it was apparent only 3 passengers could be carried with the OX-5. William Stout, George Prudden. All-metal construction with corrugated skin. Test-flown by Eddie Stinson. POP: 1, plus another as TT. First all-metal commercial airplane in the US; basis for 2-AT.

2-AT Air Pullman SEE Ford-Stout 2-AT.
3-AT SEE Ford 3-AT.
Batwing (Vampire Bat) 1918 = 1pOmwM; 150hp Hisso buried in the wing; gross weight: 1800 v: x/x/45; ff: 11/x/18 at McCook Field (p: Lt Jimmy Johnson). All-wood construction; unusually thick, internally-braced wing and large stabilizer gave a definite bat look. The pilot perched in an open cockpit on top, from where he had a wonderful view of the sky but not so much of the ground. This was the first cantilevered airplane in USA, and the first with a veneer skin. After a few straight hops the airplane was stored. POP: 1.
  Stout Batwing Limousine

Batwing Limousine 1920 = 5pChwM; 200hp Packard; span 36'0" load: 1170# v: 120/x/40. Thick cantilever wing, similar to 1918 Batwing, married to a wide fuselage. Test-flown by Bert Acosta at Selfridge Field in late 1920. POP: 1 to USN.
C-65, -107 1942 = Skycar II and III used for testing by AAF as XC-65 [42-7772] and XC-107 [x] respectively.
Cootie 1919 = 1pOmwM; 38hp two-cycle Sperry-Wills; span: c.18'0". Thick cantilever wing. Taken to Morrow Field in Detroit for testing in March 1919, but the engine refused to run and the aircraft never flew. POP: 1. The "Cootie" nickname was also sometimes seen used in references to the Batwings.
Skycar - Four different models with a common name for a line of easy-handling monoplanes with automobile-like comfort. All had rear-mounted engines with pusher props.
Stout Skycar I Wing-tip ailerons [X10899] (Eric Blocher coll)
Stout Skycar I 3-view [X10899] (1931 Aero Digest)

Skycar I, Model 11-W (or might be Model II-W) 1931 = 2pChwM; 75hp Michigan Rover R-267 pusher, later 90hp Warner Jr; span: 43'0" (?>40'0") length: 24'0" (?>23'10") load: 480# v: 95/80/35 range: 320. All-metal, steel-tube frame covered with corrugated skin; center-line nose- and tail-wheels, plus standard landing gear—claimed to be the first American airplane with a nose wheel since pioneer days (this apparently was removed in later versions, or retouched out of photos for unknown reasons). The rear fuselage consisted of an open framework inside which the propeller rotated. Its original wingtips were ailerons, replaced by trailing-edge ailerons somewhere in its path of modifications. Used by Stout as a personal plane for several years. POP: 1 [X10899].

Stout Skycar II [NX22446] (magazine clip via Jos Heyman)
Stout Skycar II 3-view with high tails (Aerofiles)

Skycar II 1941 = 2pChwM; 90hp Franklin O-200 pusher; span: 35'0" length: 20'5" v: 110/x/45. Gross wt: 1550#. Twin tail booms; stainless steel construction; 4-wheel landing gear to facilitate a later rebuild to roadability, which never occurred. Built with support from Fred Fisher (General Motors Co). Evaluated by AAF as XC-65. POP: 1 [NX22446]. Destroyed in a hangar fire c.1942.

Skycar III 1943 = 2pChwM; 125hp Lycoming O-290 pusher; span: 43'0" length: 24'0" v: 118/x/x. Gross wt: 1825#. Probably similar to II. POP: 1. Tested by AAF as XC-107.

Skycar IV (aka Spratt-Stout Model 8) SEE Convair 103.

Stout ST-1

ST-1 1922 = 2pOmwM; two 400hp Packard V-1237; span: 60'0" length: 37'0" v: 120/110/40 range: 385; ff: 4/25/22 (p: Eddie Stinson). All-metal, twin-tail prototype of a projected USN torpedo-bomber; the first all-metal USN plane. POP: 3 [A5899/5901]. When the $162,000 prototype crashed after 14 flights, a contract for 2 more [A5902/5904] was cancelled. Stout, facing bankruptcy, solicited financial support, which came from a group of Detroit area businessmen, among them auto manufacturers Roy Chapin (Hudson), Walter Chrysler, Barney Everitt (Rickenbacker), Fred Fisher (Fisher Body), Henry Ford (via Edsel Ford), Charles F Kettering (GMC), Alvin McCauley (Packard), and Ransom E Olds (Reo).
SV-1 192? = POP: 1 [A6072].
TT 1925 = 1p version of 1-AS for evaluation by USPO as a "flying mail truck." POP: 1.