Prep for Corvair College #37.


We had a full day of prep for the college, which officially kicks off at noon tomorrow. A number of people have been assisting Steve Glover with prep work. Well Known KR pilot Richard Shirley was at the shop three days in a row, and his home is all the way on the other side of the LA basin. Today we were Joined by Dan Branstrom, who drove in from his home near Palm Springs. Dan has been around Corvairs for a long time, You can see pictures of him at Colleges as far back as CC #5 in Hanford CA in 2004.



Two men with some common ties: Dan Branstrom on the left and Steve Glover on the right. Both of them served as Marines, Dan in the 1960s and Steve in the 1990s.  Steve’s first experimental aircraft was a Jeanie’s Teeny. He got started building it as an enlisted man in the barracks. Dan was actually on hand to see the designer Calvin Parker make the maiden flight in 1967.  These are the kinds of connections builders discover at Colleges. The events are far more than engine building seminars.


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.

2 Responses to Prep for Corvair College #37.

  1. Matt says:

    Is there anyone who put a Corvair engine on a Super Cub? I got a set of plans and a new Lyco is too expensive for me. Also does anyone know if Miller Diversion is good enough for tube structural work. I have found some positive reviews

    • Matt,
      The very first plane that a Corvair ever flew in was a J-3 cub in 1960. It was a 140cid Corvair of perhaps 65 hp. It worked well. A J-3 and a supercub have the same span, airfoil, wing area, etc. Today we have Corvairs up to 3.3 liter, and over 120hp, any of these motors will fly a cub. Miller welders are all good. -ww.

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