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(Courtesy Pietenpol Family)

A Family Affair

Bernard Pietenpol’s happiest moments came when he was flying one of his homebuilt airplanes—with a child or two in tow.

The Ace

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(Courtesy Pietenpol Family)

Pietenpol built what would be the precursor to his Air Camper design in 1927, an airplane he called “the Ace” (it was powered by a 16 Value Ace engine). Two years later, though, Pietenpol gave the Ace a new powerplant, a Ford Model A engine (this configuration is seen in the photograph).

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