Peninsula People

A fascination with flight

By Richard Foss

Lots of children are interested in aircraft, though most dream of flying them rather than designing them. A boy in Long Island named Michael Ciminera was one of the few who was obsessed with the engineering details, even as a teenager, and he still sounds surprised that two major aircraft companies took him seriously. “At 12, I had a fascination with airplanes, and I started designing them, sketching my ideas, and building models. As I got older, I sent the…