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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh RSS FeedPietenpols on ground at AirVenture, celebrate 80th anniversary of design
By Rose Dorcey, EAA AirVenture Today

Photo by Rose Dorcey
There is a uniqueness to each Pietenpol, from different engines to this "Marvel Mystery Oil" label.

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ATP (air transport pilot) Larry Williams brought his Pietenpol American Flyer from Little Rock, Arkansas.

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Randy Bush of Lexington, Tennessee, has been coming to AirVenture Oshkosh since the mid 1990s, but this was the first time he flew in. "There was a lot less confusion than I expected," Randy said of his flight into Oshkosh. "They brought us straight-in as a group, and we didn't have to use the Fisk arrival. It was easier and smoother than I expected."

July 26, 2009 - Oshkosh, WisconsinDeparting from Brodhead, Wisconsin, at 8 o'clock this morning, flying to Waupun, Wisconsin, and then Oshkosh bound, 16 Pietenpol Air Campers are now on the EAA AirVenture grounds to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the aircraft.

Arriving in flights of five, Pietenpol fly-in organizer Bill Rewey, EAA 42474, described the flight. "We had our usual headwinds, and we found some scattered low clouds at 800 feet about half way here, but when we landed at Waupun the holes in the clouds opened and the sun started shining," Rewey said. He described the scene at Waupun as one that's fitting of an 80-year-old aircraft design. "We landed between the rows of cornfields with Piets parked everywhere; it was very colorful."

After a call to the Oshkosh air traffic control tower, the Pietenpols were off for the 25-minute flight to Wittman Regional Airport. Rewey said that several of the pilots were flying into AirVenture for the first time, and that Pietenpol owners came from throughout the United States for the fly-in, one from California. The aircraft and their owners had spent the previous several days at the Brodhead Pietenpol Association's annual reunion.

The aircraft are parked just south of Homebuilder's Headquarters, near the original Brown Arch. AirVenture visitors may also visit EAA's Pietenpol Hangar on Pioneer Airport to see a 1933 Air Camper previously owned by its designer, Bernard Pietenpol.

Rewey will conduct two forums on Pietenpol Aircraft this week: at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Honda Generator Pavilion 9 and at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Aviation Learning Center, Stage 1.

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