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)

Hangar Construction

(Courtesy Pietenpol Family)

Pietenpol and son Don built an airplane hangar in Cherry Grove, Minnesota, in the 1940s. In 1986, the hangar was moved to Wisconsin, where it is on display at the Experimental Aircraft Association’s facility in Oshkosh (above). Pietenpol and Don also constructed a second hangar, which is now part of the Fillmore County Museum in Minnesota.

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