A wooden model Laird Solution biplane. Built starting in 1931, the original Laird LC-DW500 Super Solution, aka “Sky Buzzard,” was a racing biplane built by Matty Laird for the Cleveland Speed Foundation. It was similar in design to the Gee Bee with its short, wide fuselage and large engine. It was the first winner of the Bendix Trophy race from Burbank to Cleveland, where it was flown by Major Jimmy Dolittle.

This aircraft model was made by former Air Force pilot Ralph Sarosi. Ralph flew a large number of different aircraft over his career, from a P-51 after WWII to fighter jets. He flew chase planes when the Space Shuttle landed at Edwards AFB, so his career spanned from propellers to spacecraft. Mr. Sarosi’s aircraft models are carved from wood and expertly painted. They were purchased and collected by R/C flyer Joe Bridi, who eventually donated them to the Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum where they are now on display.

Exhibit added: July 25, 2013 - Last modified: April 28, 2023

Presented by The Joe Martin Foundation for Exceptional Craftsmanship