The Home Builts (1919 - 1935)
Pietenpol Air Camper
The idea of building your own aircraft flourished in the 1920s and 30s. Many kits were offered, but some were disasters. On the other hand the “Air Camper” was a popular, very gentle airplane with few bad habits. Many were constructed over the years, and ours was built between 1978 and 1984 by Bob McDonell. It was never flown and was donated to the Museum in 1990.
Lincoln Sport Aircraft
The selling of aircraft kits grew rapidly in the 1920s, and the “Lincoln Sport” promised to be one of the better ones. Assembled examples were also on offer. Unfortunately the Great Depression killed off this enterprise, and only plans were made available. They are still available, but as a home-built it was a challenge. Few “Lincoln Sports” remain.
Ours was flown, then it was stored outside for many years, before donation to the Museum. It was in poor condition and in addition to complete reconditioning of the wings a completely new fuselage had to be built. Restoration work was mainly conducted by Vern Turley.