Alcohol Fuel at the Oshkosh Air Show

Where did we go to run airplanes on homemade alcohol fuel? Why, to this year's Oshkosh Air Show!
By the MOTHER EARTH NEWS editors
November/December 1979
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A "Pterodactyl" microlight aircraft flying on alcohol fuel at the Oshkosh Air Show.

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The Experimental Aircraft Association's Oshkosh Air Show—held at Wittman Field airport this year (as it has been for nearly a decade) in Oshkosh, Wisconsin—is the world's largest aviation event, bar none!

During the event's unbroken history (the EAA has held the annual shindig at various locations every year since 1953) the gathering has grown from the small group of 40 aircraft that assembled for the first show to a total of 1,492 in 1978. And this year boasted an even greater number of planes as well as half a million experimental-aircraft enthusiasts!

It's no wonder, then (considering both the size of the event and the fact that EAA folks are, themselves, pretty good examples of MOTHER EARTH NEWS-type "do-it-yourselfers"), that this magazine was pleased to be invited to the Fly-In. And we were especially glad to be offered a chance to convert Experimental Aircraft Association president Paul Poberezny's Volkswagen-engined "Pober Pixie" airplane, his "Red One" VW staff car, and a "Pterodactyl" microlight aircraft to run on our own alcohol fuel!

Paul was right pleased with the way ethatol powered the vehicles too. So pleased he became eager to promote the use of renewable fuel himself. And since he's only the "chief" of the world's most famous aviation association, he ought to know what he's talking about when he says that we're really onto something!

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