Brent Mayo’s Flying 3,000 cc Panther


On Wednesday night, Dan Weseman and I  drove 80 miles up to Fernadina Beach , in the extreme north east corner of Florida. I was the guest speaker at EAA Chapter 943,  but the first order of business was to pay a house call to Brent Mayo and his Corvair/ Panther, a plane neither Dan nor I had previously seen in person.



Above, Brent’s outstanding Panther. The plane has 37 hours on it. The plane is a solid performer, and it has logged it’s test time without teething issues nor drama. I have shared previous story’s on Brent’s plane, focused on the fact he only took 825 hours to build both the plane and the engine , but this was my first chance to see the finished product. 



Above, Dan and Brent stand by the tail. We had previously worked with Brent at a Finishing School where he ran his engine for the first time. From that experience, it was obvious that Brent is an organized , skilled builder, and seeing his plane in person confirmed this. 


I often remind builders that my work isn’t always ‘fun’ , it is much better evaluated as ‘rewarding.’ After 27 years of sharing what I have learned about Corvairs, there is one reward that never fails to move me; when I get to see a plane in its home setting, where the builder really took advantage of the opertunity to learn everything he could about the Corvair.




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.

3 Responses to Brent Mayo’s Flying 3,000 cc Panther

  1. Tom Porter says:

    Nicely done. Congrats!

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