what was the type of airplane or what was it similar to?
How was the leaf spring used? Is it cut in half (and tapered, modified) and each piece clamped in the fuselage as and independent leg?"
The airplane was a single seat O65 continental powered tube frame aircraft, much like the Ranger in intended mission. I've flown a Bailey Dragonfly, and this thing was faster and slower. (The Dragonfly is far more capable) We used two springs, leaving one end uncut and incorporating the clamp type method to affix that to the aircraft. The wheel end was cut to length and an axle was welded to a mounting plate and a steel sandwich held it in place at the correct angle. It was easy to work with. I got the idea from reading an article somewhere about the British MW series. I had read that they used a similar spring from--If I recall correctly--the Land Rover...research was a little more difficult back then (all hail Google) It was a $100 solution that worked well.