Tom Baker with the skeleton of the vintage aircraft that he and his wife Lee built between 1977 and 1981 and still own.
The aircraft is a parasol-type open cockpit monoplane known in the 1930's as a Pietenpol Aircamper, designed by Bernard H. Pietenpol of Minnesota in 1928. The Bakers acquired the blueprints for the aircraft from Mr. Pietenpol in the early 1970's and built two of these airplanes, the first of all-wood construction and the second with a welded steel tubing fuselage and tail (above) which they used as flight trainers and as their original photo planes when they took up aerial photography. Today they normally use a faster and more comfortable 1950 Piper Super Cub (PA-18) that they restored and modified for photography in the 1980's and 90's.
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