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.

(Courtesy Pietenpol Family)

The Ace

(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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