Return of “Mr. Lincoln “





In traditional rural Thailand, the man with an elephant is important in a village, because he owns the ‘Crane’, ‘ forklift ‘ , ‘excavator’ and if it comes down to it ‘ armored personnel carrier.’


At our airport Corvair/Panther builder Paul Salter is that man because his tractor is the modern equivalent of the elephant. It does countless tasks, one of which is to remove my welder, aka “Mr. Lincoln ” from my hangar when free swimming lessons are in the forecast.


Evacuated before Irma put two feet of water in my hangar, it had an extended stay at Paul’s dry hangar while I was away at Zeniths open house and CC #40. Good choice because a strong nor’easter nearly flooded my shop again.


Paul’s ‘elephant’ brought the welder back yesterday. The brush pile behind it is a 75′ long wall of chopped up downed trees from the hurricane and storm. It will be put to the torch when the weather is cooler and friends and beer are available. In Florida there is little worry of starting a blaze, it is a very watery state.




About William Wynne
I have been continuously building, testing and flying Corvair engines since 1989. Information, parts and components that we developed and tested are now flying on several hundred Corvair powered aircraft. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics and an A&P license from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and have a proven 20 year track record of effectively teaching homebuilders how to create and fly their own Corvair powered planes. Much of this is chronicled at and in more than 50 magazine articles.

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