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Pietsch Flying Show, N.D.
Pietsch Flying Show, N.D.
TitlePietsch Flying Show, N.D.
Date of Originalbefore 1983?
DescriptionView of a stunt plane flying sideways and a portrait of a man, probably Al Pietsch or Kent Pietsch, by an airplane placed into the picture in the upper left corner. The Pietsch Flying show performed at 4pm at the Sloulin Field's International Aviation Day, Sunday May 22, 1983 and this is a promotional photograph.
General SubjectTransportation
Personal NamePietsch, Alfred C., 1926-1995
Pietsch, Kent
Pietsch, Warren
LocationNorth Dakota
Item Number1-144-4-2
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
Dimensions of Original21 x 26 cm.
Transcription"Pietsch Flying Show" - Handwritten on back of photograph.
NotesTitle created by staff.
Biography/HistoryWilliam E. "Bill" Shemorry was a native of Williston, N.D. who began work in the newspaper industry as a newsboy selling the Williston Herald and the Williams County Farmers Press. In 1953, he started to publish the Williston Plains Reporter, which he operated for 25 years before selling to the Williston Herald. Shemorry then began to concentrate on his own writing and photography. In addition to writing many books on the history of Williams County, he also collected photographs of early North Dakota photographers. Shemorry was an active member of the Williston Fire Department, was Civil Defense Chief of Williams County for three years in the 1950's, and was a combat photographer in World War II. Shemorry's photograph of the discovery of oil in North Dakota on April 4, 1951 at the Clarence Iverson No. 1 is one of the most famous oil photographs ever taken, and was published in many national publications.

Al Pietsch, his family and friends, founded Pietsch Air Shows in 1968. Kent and Warren, Al's sons, have continued the exciting family oriented air shows.... In 1974, Kent began flying commercial charters for the business with his father, Al Pietsch at Pietsch Aircraft in Minot, ND.... Warren Pietsch continues to operate the family business, Pietsch Aircraft Restoration and Repair of Minot, ND. The shop restores vintage aircraft, repairs light aircraft, offers flight instruction, and is involved with the Dakota Territory Air Museum.

Alfred Pietsch grew up on a farm south of Minot, ND. He demonstrated an early interest in learning about aviation from books and model planes. His flight instruction was interrupted by US Infantry service in the Philippines during WWII. Al returned to Minot after the war and resumed flight instruction... One of Al's early instructor's, Bob Priewe, sparked his interest in aerial acrobatics. Al and a group from Minot began building an acrobatic plane, the "Starduster Too", in 1967. Al first flew the Starduster in 1968 in the first of many air shows from the Yukon to Bermuda.... For many years, he flew both solo and dual acts with his 3 sons.
Bibliographic ReferenceInformation on Pietsch Airshows found online at:
More information about Alfred Pietsch found at:
Repository InstitutionState Historical Society of North Dakota
Repository CollectionWilliam E. (Bill) Shemorry Photograph Collection Mss 10958
Credit LineState Historical Society of North Dakota, William E. (Bill) Shemorry Photograph Collection (1-144-4-2)
Rights ManagementPermission to reproduce this image must be requested from the State Historical Society of North Dakota.
Ordering InformationTo order a reproduction, inquire about the collection, or provide information about an image, please email Emily E. Schultz at
Digital IDws114442
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