Gary Boothe’s Pietenpol, flying video


Here is a link to a 5 minute You-tube video of Gary Boothe flying his Corvair powered Pietenpol around the pattern in his home state of California:




Above, Gary stands with the plane in a rear quarter view. It is a beautiful period piece of aviation, but it utilizes a fully up to date Corvair engine with electric start and a 5th bearing.




Above, One of my favorite photos of the Corvair movement,  Gary Boothe on the left and Patrick Hoyt on the right point to their hometowns on a map at Brodhead in 2009. These two builders are featured in this story and the one before. They are both out flying and having a great time in planes they built, powered by engines they built. I know them both, they are different individuals, but they share the fundamental perspective that homebuilding should be distilled to “Learn, build and Fly.”




To get the background of Gary’s building and flying, read this:

New Pietenpol, Gary Boothe, Cool, Calif.


About William Wynne
I have been continuously building, testing and flying Corvair engines since 1989. Information, parts and components that we developed and tested are now flying on several hundred Corvair powered aircraft. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics and an A&P license from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and have a proven 20 year track record of effectively teaching homebuilders how to create and fly their own Corvair powered planes. Much of this is chronicled at and in more than 50 magazine articles.

5 Responses to Gary Boothe’s Pietenpol, flying video

  1. Howard Horner says:

    Greetings William. Thanks for all the ongoing information and inspiration. I am especially pleased to see the recent mag covers and articles. REALLY exciting.

    I could not get the video link below to work. FYI.

    Howard Horner

    Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 17:15:35 +0000 To:

  2. gboothe says:

    In my case, “Learn. Build. Fly” could be “Learn. Build. Fly. Learn some more”! A little over 70 landings now, and I’m just getting used to it…

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