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    landing on a wet golf course once. I was an Aero Engineering student at the University of Michigan in the late 60s. My design Prof., Ed Lesher, was building the second copy of his Teal pusher in the basement of the East Engineering building, partly using the least bent components of the first Teal as patterns for the components of the second one.

    I think Lesher had quite a bit of his own money in the plane as he was still driving a '58 Edsel station wagon in those days. I think the University might have donated some machine shop time and storage space etc in the interest of keeping this particular Prof in real-world, hands-on mode.

    I still have a bunch of pictures of the second Teal during its construction. I especially remember him carefully applying sealant to the wet part of the wing structure, which was basically the whole structure forward of the main spar (or was it the only spar?)

    Moderation in most things.

    by billmosby on Mon Jun 13, 2011 at 08:23:23 AM PDT

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