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Prolific airplane designer and builder Ray Stits built his aerobatic SA3A "Playboy" in 1952. The airplane has proved a popular design over the years. Interestingly, Richard VanGrunsven's RV-1 began life as a Stits SA3A Playboy.

This 1988 Sport Aviation article on "Pioneer Designers" highlights four influential experimental aircraft designers whose airplanes have been pictured in this year's scrapbook: Curtis Pitts, John Dyke, Ray Stits, and Lamar Steen.