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Pietenpol Air Camper

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This popular design took to the air for the first time on May 29, 1929, from the rural Minnesota town of Cherry Grove. The brainchild of Bernard Harold Pietenpol, a self -taught mechanic and experimenter. It is a high wing two seat tandem open cockpit monoplane.

 

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Air Camper N10GR

 

The do-it-yourself craze was just getting started as a Depression-born phenomenon when the Air Camper replaced the earlier primary glider as aviation’s favorite backyard building project. It was in 1930 that Modern Mechanics magazine featured the Ford Model A engine as the perfect powerplant for the little homebuilt. The two-seater open-cockpit monoplane is said to land like a Luscombe and handle like a J-3 Cub. In the late 1990s the two-seat Air Camper and single-seat Sky Scout designs are very much alive, with numerous examples still flying. Modern Air Campers are powered by Corvair, Lycom-ing or Continental engines.

 

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Air Camper N10GR

 

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Ultralight Replica:
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Engine: Ford Model A, 40 hp
HP range: 40-125
Height: 6.5 ft
Length: 17.8 ft
Wing span: 29.5 ft
Wing area: 147.5 sq.ft
Weight empty: 620 lb
Gross: 1020 lb
Fuel cap: 18 USG
VNE: 90 kt / 104 mph / 167 kmh
Speed max: 90 mph
Cruise: 75 mph
Stall: 40 mph
ROC: 500 fpm
Take-off dist: 400 ft
Landing dist: 300 ft
Seats: 2
Landing gear: tail wheel

 

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