|National origin||United States|
|Designer||Edgar J Lesher|
|First flight||28 April 1965|
Design and development
The Teal was designed to beat the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) class is C-l.a records for speed and distance.
Construction started in 1962. The aircraft was configured as an all-aluminum single-place aircraft with retractable landing gear, powered by a 100 hp Continental O-200 engine driving a 64-inch Hartzell ground-adjustable propeller. By 28 April 1965, the airframe was complete. On that day, Lesher made the aircraft's first flight at Willow Run Airport. That August, he flew Teal to the 1965 EAA Fly-In in Rockford, Illinois, where he won an award from the EAA for his achievements.
After two years of testing the Teal, Lesher flew the aircraft, on 22 May 1967, to a new 500 km closed-course Class C1a speed record of 181.55 mph. On 30 June 1967, he set a new 1,000 km closed-course speed record of 169.20 mph and on 220 October 1967, he set a new 2,000 km closed-course speed record of 141.84 mph.
On 6 May 1968, while flying Teal near Ann Arbor, he experienced a loss of power. Not being able to make it to a nearby airport, he made an emergency landing in a field. The airplane was badly damaged, but he was unhurt. After rebuilding Teal, on 9 September 1970, he set a new Class C1a closed-circuit distance record of 1554.29 miles. Later, on 29 September 1973 he set a new Class C1a 3 km speed record of 173.101 mph and the next day he set a new 15–25 km speed record of 169.134 mph. Finally, on 2 July 1975, he set a new Class C1a record for distance in a straight line by flying 1,835.459, flying from Florida to Arizona. He continued to fly Teal for many more years, but never made any more record attempts. For his record-breaking flights, he won the FAI's Louis Bleriot Medal four times and was inducted in the Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame in 1988.
Specifications (Lesher Teal)
Data from Jane's All the Worlds Aircraft 1967–68
- Length: 19 ft 3 in (5.87 m)
- Wingspan: 23 ft 10 in (7.26 m)
- Height: 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
- Wing area: 60.0 sq ft (5.57 m2)
- Aspect ratio: 9.6:1
- Airfoil: NACA 653618
- Empty weight: 685 lb (311 kg)
- Max takeoff weight: 1,102 lb (500 kg)
- Fuel capacity: 60 US gal (50 imp gal; 230 L)
- Powerplant: 1 × Continental O-200A-A air-cooled four-cylinder horizontally-opposed piston engine, 100 hp (75 kW)
- Propellers: 2-bladed Hartzell, 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m) diameter
- Cruise speed: 160 kn (180 mph, 290 km/h) (70% power)
- Stall speed: 70 kn (80 mph, 130 km/h)
- Range: 1,700 nmi (2,000 mi, 3,200 km)
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
- Lesher, Edgar J., "Teal", EAA Sport Aviation, March 1968.
- Pellegreno, Ann Holtgren, "Professor Lesher, Record-Setter", Air Trails Homebuilt Aircraft, Summer 1970
- Lesher, Edgar J., "Teal Progress Report", EAA Sport Aviation, February 1970.
- Lesher, Edgar J., "Connecticut Sojourn", EAA Sport Aviation, June 1974.
- Lesher, Edgar J., "Teal Trek", EAA Sport Aviation, February 1976.
- Obituaries Ann Arbor News 22 May 1998
- Enshrinees Retrieved 27 July 2011.
- Lesher Teal – N4291C Archived 4 September 2010 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 27 July 2011.
- Taylor 1967, pp. 283–284
- Taylor, John W. R. (1967). Jane's All The World's Aircraft 1967–68. London: Sampson Low, Marston & Company.