1932 PIETENPOL "AIR
Photo by Gilles
||Ford Model A
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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