Visiting Manfred Bader - Former T/R Pilot
He had seen that I worked in the space trade, and told that he did so too, at the Dornier facility in Friedrichshafen (now Astrium). He also saw that we worked on some common projects, so he said that if I ever had business in Friedrichshafen, I could pay him a visit. Funnily enough, I had been there just one month before!! - And I had a few more visits planned, so some time later I got the opportunity to see him.
The Dornier site is big, with dozens of buildings, but it turned out his office was in the nearby building, exactly opposite the office assigned to the visiting engineers. Small world! He is managing the spacecraft test and assembly facility there. (By the shores of the Bodensee [Lake Constance])
Bader/Kaul had close connections to Paul Bugl, and he claimed they had never paid a pfennig for a HP or Bugl engine! Delivery wasn't the most dependable though!
Through his job he was able to get hold of something very rare at that time, carbon fibre, and was one of the first to use it for propellers.
He quit when his pitman moved to Ecuador.
In the spring of 2000 Manfred and his wife Sigrid took a trip to Stockholm, and Manfred got to fly C/L for the first time in decades, piloting my Goodyear model as if no time had flown. (Something new to them was my optical timer, just out of my workshop at that time.)