Before Piper, Cessna, Kitfox, and Vans, before AOPA, CAP, and EAA, there was Ace. Two decades after the Wright Brothers' first flight, flying had become a rich man's luxury. Mr. Orland G. "Ace" Corben saw the need for an aircraft that was safe, easy to fly, and inexpensive for the average person to build and operate. To recognize this goal, he created the first kitbuilt airplane, the Baby Ace, and a year later the two-seat Junior Ace. These aircraft become the first popular homebuilt aircraft.