PIQUA — Ted Teach and Doug Smith will be the guest speakers of the Piqua Rotary Club. This free program will be held in the Robinson Theatre at Edison State Community College from 12:15 to 1 p.m. June 6, immediately following the weekly Rotary meeting and lunch.
While the program is a stand-alone free event, you are welcome to have lunch with the Rotary members at 11:45 a.m. Cost is $10 and reservations are needed no later than June 2, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 773-9012.
Teach was awarded the 2016 Antique Grand Champion award at the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Air Show in Oshkosh, Wis., for the restoration of his 1935 Ryan ST aircraft. This annual gathering of aviation enthusiasts is the largest show of its kind in the world. With over 10,000 aircraft and 2,000 show planes, it is phenomenal to win such an honor at this prestigious air show. The Ryan ST is the only remaining airplane of its kind.
However, this is not the only time Teach, a Miami County resident, has brought home an EAA award for one of his airplanes. His 1953 Mooney Mite, a 1930 WACO INF and his Pitts N8M have also received awards at Oshkosh. The late Bob Jacoby, a Piqua resident, also worked on the restoration of the Ryan ST airplane.
As an inventor with 26 U.S. patents, Teach was an aeronautical engineer by trade with jobs at North American Aviation, Grimes Manufacturing, Blackhorse Tile Co., and most recently, Laser-Plane Corporation (now Trimble Navigation) prior to retirement in 1992.
The Piqua Rotary Club is extending an invitation to anyone who would like to attend this program.