Last Engine of CC #39


Charlie Johnson of UT, aka “One Sky Dog” was at Barnwell, but didn’t get a chance to finish his engine. Since Grace and I have known him for 18 years, I extended an invitation 275 miles south to our home to spend a day or two to finish and test run. Charlie has a flying Corvair powered dragonfly he is upgrading to a 3,000 cc Corvair.


 Charlie is a very interesting cat. An aerospace process engineer, he is literally a “Rocket Scientist” who has done a lot of work in composites, particularly rocket motor casings. His aviation exploits go all the way back to flying an Easy Riser glider in the mid 1970s. Have you ever met a hang glider pilot who has been to 19,000′ or flown a 125 mile cross country? If you have met Charlie, you have.



Engine running in my front yard at sunset.



Most visitors take a chance to sample our back yard range. Charlie said this was the first time he picked up an AR-15/M-16 platform weapon since Qualifying with one in Germany in 1971. He shot a very tight group. A very classic US kneeling position.



Charlie testing his Glock .380 .  Wearing a lab coat makes it a scientific test.



Charlie and the running engine, striking the “Captain Morgan” pose.




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.

6 Responses to Last Engine of CC #39

  1. Yo Bro,

    Your buddy have a go fund me page?


  2. Charlie’s one of my favorite people. I’m glad you had quality time with him.

  3. Bob Taylor says:

    Way to go, Charlie! I had a great time at CC #39 and some of that was due to meeting you and hearing of your experiences in aviation. I knew you’d get that engine running! Congrats!

  4. toomanyps says:

    Gun and airplanes…ah, life is good.

  5. Guy Bowen says:

    I have much to learn from One Sky Dog.

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