Pete Plumb


pete040 I began flying very young and soloed gliders at 14 and power at 17. I started Wood Wing Specialty, an FAA Repair Station for wood aircraft structures, in 1976 and was my main source of income for 40 years. I’ve built hundreds and hundreds of wings “too beautiful to cover” for Stearmans, Cubs, Aeroncas Pitts, Commonwealths, Bellanca, Porterfield, Waco, etc. etc. etc. I designed the all-wood Cracker Jack Sport Plane in 1977 and flew it and marketed plans in 1982. I was a crew member on the Gossamer Condor project when it was here at Shafter and later on the Gossamer Albatross. I had the privilege of flying both these famous aircraft as well as the HPA-1, a human powered plane designed by my childhood hero, Taras Kicenuik. I was an early hang glider pioneer flying many hours successfully in a bamboo and black plastic hang glider of my own design (inspired by Taras’ Batso shown in National Geographic).30649_1133520193524_3117160_n

There are no diplomas to prove my competence with aerodynamics or aircraft structural analysis but an intense passion and desire to know all I can in these sciences have driven me to become somewhat of an authority in the design of wood structures and stable, nice flying aircraft and now the engine with which to power them. I’m always excited to share my ideas, experiences and knowledge with other designers so feel free to contact me.

More recently, I designed and fabricated the prototype O-100 (half O-200) engine soon to be marketed as a kit manufactured under license by Pegasus Power Systems, Inc. The O-100 was my solution to a reliable, economical engine for my new Crackerjack 2 LSA.

I guess I should mention that, yes, I’m the same ‘Pete Plumb’ who is the official licensee of the Twentieth Century Fox, Twelve O’clock High Toby Jug.  My interest in my dad’s 8th AAF experience in WWII led me to replicate the famous movie jug and I have been selling them worldwide since 1994 under several different names but most recently, Archbury Ceramic Works. Website and social media soon.Sierra Exif JPEG

I hold private pilot certs for ASEL, GLIDER. and A&P MECHANIC. I’m an active hang glider pilot with foot launch and aero-tow ratings. I own and fly regularly a 1940 Aeronca 65TC, a Cessna 150 and the prototype Cracker Jack Sport.


Current / Future projects: Crackerjack 2, Pegasus DP-1, O-100. In the shop right now: Right and left upper Staggerwing beach wings, right and left upper 4-aileron Stearman wings, Bowlus Baby Albatross wings.

My Aviation Interests: Homebuilts, wood aircraft, Stearman, Cub, Aeronca, hang gliding, soaring, R/C, 8th AAF, B-17s, Twelve O’clock High.

4 Responses to Pete Plumb

  1. Pieter Prall says:

    I have to say that getting arranged in your website is more difficult than it should be. A pain. It took forever to get through the process of trying to register a screen name and password and then somehow I got drawn into Word Press.

    I have questions about the availability of delivery positions for the Pegasus 0-100. Are all of the initial 100 kits committed yet? If not then what are the particulars regarding the reservation of one?

    • Pegasus Pete says:

      Hello Pieter,

      I never heard back from you. Did you get the magazine and info I sent you?
      We will be launching a slick, new, easy-to-navigate website very soon.

      Thanks, Pete

  2. abraham leket says:

    Hi Pete-
    Any news for August 2015?