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drstress

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I have been retired for several years. In the last year I have been designing a new airplane. May 26, 2019

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      drstress
      I have been retired for several years. In the last year I have been designing a new airplane.
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    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Florida, USA
    Occupation:
    Retired Aerospace Engineer
    Current / Future projects:
    Designing a safe, twin-engined GA aircraft, suitable for IFR flight with a range of 600 miles.
    Past Projects:
    Restored a wrecked PA-28-140 (flew it for several years afterwards); Structural analysis of components of A-3, P-3, F-15, F-22, F-35, B-747, B-767, B-787, Seahawk; DER for a small aircraft modification shop; Attempted development of Chevy ZL-1 into an aircraft engine (do not try this at home)
    I designed my first airplane in 1958 at ten-years-old. I grew up within the sound of the Allison Engine Company's test stands in Indianapolis. (This was the company that produced the V-1710 engines for the P-38, P-39, P-40, and original P-51.) I read in the local newspaper that Allison was doing conceptual design for a nuclear powered aircraft, so I sent a sketch to help them out. My small room was always full of model airplanes, both plastic and flyable balsa wood with doped paper skins. I have been sketching and designing airplanes ever since. I even worked for Allison's forty years later performing finite element analysis on the center lift fan for the F-35. Allison's had been bought by Rolls-Royce by then.

    When I was a sophomore in high school, I started hanging around a mechanic involved in the racing world. He taught me about being a conscientious mechanic, while I was his gopher/shop boy. Also in high school, I was selected to work on the school's IBM accounting machines, so in 1966 I wrote my first computer programs. After graduating from high school, I became a crew member for an Indy 500 team. I was always on the nerdy side so I read all I could on engine and suspension design and engineering while also reading about the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo space programs and fighters like the F-4.

    What I really wanted was to be an engineer, so I enrolled at Purdue part time while I worked as an auto mechanic. After graduating from college, I worked for Ford in Dearborn for a bit. Then I went back to college for advanced degrees.

    Regaining my original aircraft interest, I worked for the U.S. Navy doing aircraft modifications. After the Navy, I spent the next thirty years as a contract engineer specializing in structural and fatigue analysis for Martin, Lockheed (before Lockheed-Martin), Cessna, Boeing, Pratt&Whitney, GE, Allison's, Rohr, Orbital Science, General Dynamics and Sikorsky.

    Everything is interesting or at least curious. I have worked on just about every type of "thing" that flies.

    Ratings: Multi-engine, IFR, about 650 hours, but I haven't flown in awhile, I'm too old and its too expensive
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