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Steve Fisher: The Man Who’s World Is In His Hangar

He could easily be described as the man who could never have enough airplanes. Once he builds one airplane he is already designing the next one. He was born on June 27, 1949 in Moline, Illinois. “I was happiest as a kid so I wanted to grow up doing nothing and playing” said Fisher. He worked for a company that constructed products used by NASA and the United States Air Force. As an engineer, he spent most of his life studying. In college, he was an aerospace engineering student. A professor that he looked up to with the most respect guided him towards furthering his dream, “I had an instructor, and he taught drafting classes. He instilled engineering in me.” His life has been guided by his love for physics and his obsession with engines and propulsion. “I don’t know that I specifically wanted to be a pilot when I was young, but I was always interested in building airplanes. As I got a little older that went over to wanting to be an engineer,” said Fisher. “I always worked with mechanical stuff when I was a kid. I was always interested in mechanisms and motors and cars and motorcycles.” Fisher lives in a small, gated community in Chuckey, Tennessee where a paved runway runs through the subdivision and airplanes are seen taxing down driveways and into the streets.
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Along with Fisher’s love for airplanes and propulsion he treasures his family life. Paula, Steve’s wife, met him when he was 16, “We started talking, you know, how high school kids do, and I did give him my phone number.” She smiles and looks at Steve, “We just hit off. I finally met someone who looked pretty interesting. Plus, he was a lot of fun. We kind of looked at each other and knew.” Over the next several years they moved from place to place for his job. While he worked on engines used by NASA, they both continued building a family together. Steve reminisces while mentioning his father, “My dad, when I was young, I remember him building a couple model airplanes. I got into building model airplanes from then on for the rest of my life,” as Fisher glances towards his airplane that is currently being designed and crafted. “He was a contractor and to me he could build anything. If you wanted it he could build it. I was always amazed at how he could build stuff.” He puts a great amount of emphasis on continuous learning, trial and error, and community involvement – shared knowledge of learned experiences.
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“I have played with some neat toys,” said Fisher. The East Tennessee community is lucky to have such a brilliant man flying over them in his home made airplanes.