This is a single point collection of stories that have appeared individually in the last two years on this site. It is easy for me to update this as we add new stories of flying planes, I can jump back and add them to this list.
The next time anyone questions if planes have really ever flown on Corvairs ( Yes, even at places like Oshkosh, when we are standing in front of a row of Corvair powered planes, people who are actually EAA members will walk up and tell you with certainty why no one has nor will ever fly a Corvair), you can just send them a link to this collection of stories.
Above, an airborne shot of Brodhead WI, center of gravity of the Pietenpol building community. This was taken by Grace in 2006. She was in the front seat of “The Last Original“, Bernard Pietenpol’s last personal aircraft, of course Corvair powered. Beyond being the father of Corvair aircraft power and the first man to fly the engine, I hold the Bernard Pietenpol is the patron saint of working homebuilders. By all accounts a well mannered and humble man, he simply refused to accept the argument that flying was reserved for the wealthy. He was no other man’s line boy, and he was not going to settle for being a spectator. He knew his place was In the Arena, and he accepted nothing less. Neither should you.
Click on the title of any story to read it:
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