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1932 Pietenpol
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1936 Aeronca C3
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Ford Model A
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Photo by Gilles Auliard

Country: USA Wingspan: 28' 2"
Year: 1932 Length: 18' 5"
Engine: Ford Model A Cruise Speed: 55 mph
Horsepower: 40 Gross Weight: 1150 lbs.
Quantity Mfg: Unknown
The Air Camper was designed by Bernard H. Pietenpol in 1929. His vision was to prove that a practical airplane could be produced using an automobile engine. His design was such a success the publishers of Modern Mechanics magazine, who believed it was impossible to build a successful airplane around an automobile engine, featured it in their yearly edition of the "Flying and Glider Manual" for 1932. The article stated "You can build her for $500" and featured a full set of plans for the homebuilder. B.H. Pietenpol built a small number of the planes for customers but the majority of the Air Campers were amateur built. This Air Camper was manufactured from original plans and uses an original Ford Model A engine.



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