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Terrence O'Neill soloed in a Porterfield, at age 16, four months after two atomic bombs ended WW II. At age 23, he transferred from Engineering to get a BA in Journalism, Notre Dame, January 1953, Korean War time, then enlisted in the Navy Air Corps. He flew P2Vs in Patrol Squadron FOUR in the Pacific until 1957, rated Instrument and Patrol Plane Commander. After service he worked many day-job years as a reporter, tech writer, free-lance writer, and PR manager for Falstaff Brewing Corp. In 1960, after work hours, he bought and restored the last Waco aircraft, the tail-prop AristoCraft. In 1967 he incorporated O’Neill Airplane Company to design, build, and test fly, to manufacture his Model W, a six-place lightplane, earning FAA Provisional Type Certificate A19CE in 1969, just as the General Aviation market crashed, and capital ran out. Next, while Admin Director for a civil engineering company, he designed, built and flight tested 'Jake', a dedicated bush plane, later modified with swing-tail into ‘Magnum Pickup’ to carry one-ton loads and snowmobiles. He also improved and flew a Mitchell flying wing. In between times he and his wife Cynthia, a retired teacher with two Masters degrees, used their tandem-wing Dragonfly to visit their six scattered college grad children.
O'Neill's primary interest is sport aircraft design. He has more than 20 years as a Tech Counselor and Flight Advisor for Experimental Aircraft Association.
He started developing a blended-wing-body design in 1985, which led him to study the Northrop B-35 and B-49 Flying Wings and be puzzled by the Wing’s publicized 'problems' which did not make aerodynamic sense. His research spun-off inventing, with math assist of son Timothy, a device for providing roll-yaw stability for swept wing aircraft, awarded US Patent 5,078,338. The research also motivated him to investigate why the Air Force bought inferior B-36 Peacemaker ‘Stick’ instead of stealthy (1948!) B-35 Flying Wings, which is the story of Goodbye Beautiful Wing.
O'Neill has about 2000 hours as a Commercial Pilot license with single- and multi-engine, instrument, instructor ratings.
Yesterday 121611, I published my eBook Goodbye Beautiful Wing (Amazon) and ordered print books.
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