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)

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(Courtesy Pietenpol Family)

Just like any other homebuilder, Pietenpol continued to modify his airplanes in the hope of improving them. In 1964, he abandoned the traditional Ford Model A engine for the more powerful 60-hp engine of the Chevrolet Corvair. Pietenpol ended up with a little hot rod of an Air Camper, which he painted cream and red.

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