Above, Gus Warren in the front seat, with his Father Clare Warren in back of our Piet in 1997, Edgewater Florida. This was the beginning of CG work on Pietenpols, we have just finished moving the engine 6″ ahead of the plans location, and the battery is now on the firewall. Many years later I would publish a long series of reports to assist all Pietenpol builders: Pietenpol Weight and Balance project.
Gus was present for all the early years of Corvair development, and his parents, both pilots, Were always at Sun n Fun and Oshkosh.
To understand Gus’ skills as a pilot, take a look at the family portrait above. Gus’ father, the legendary Clare Warren, soloed in 1932, got his pilot’s license in 1936, became an instructor in 1940, logged more than 20,000 hours of instruction, and flew most of the models of light aircraft ever produced in the U.S. Gus’ mother, Joy Warren, soloed and got her pilot’s license in 1967 in the same Cessna 140 she still flies today. Of course, his father was his instructor. Gus took his first flight in that 140 at two weeks of age. You can’t point out many three member families with 145 years of flying. Today Gus is married, a father, and head of his own family.