Here is a short set of notes from Pietenpol builder and flyer Bob Lester. It describes how after several years of not being able to coax his 65 hp Lycoming to carry his Piet from Florida to Brodhead, he was able to make the trip without issue after his Corvair Conversion. There were many Piets on hand at Brodhead this year, but Bob’s clearly flew the furthest, and his trip was made old school, without ground support. Bob has done many things with planes in the last 40 years, but he will tell anyone that flying his Piet around the country the last few years, barnstorming as if it was the 1930s, is the most fun he has had. He now has about 300 hours on the conversion.
Above, Bob Lester’s Pietenpol at CC #33. Bob gave an intro flight to almost all of the Pietenpol builders on hand.
3 Replies to “Bob Lester’s 48 flight hour, 3400 mile Pietenpol adventure”
Neat-o! Way to GO BOB! That’s a lot of time in the saddle, and a successful trip means you planned well. Glad you got to make the journey, and it encourages all of us to find our own adventure. blue skies.
wonderful reading, you give us all the motivation to press harder for our dream’s
Hello Bob, just stumbled on to your wonderful story. As you will remember your last fuel stop was at PVB Platteville ,Wi. and I was just ready to depart for Brodhead in my Pietenpol and could hardly believe here comes another Piet .We chatted and decided to fly together to Brodhead, about a one hour flight what a wonderful flight that was for me. So glad to hear you make it back home without any issues