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Why I'm Rebuilding a Warbird with Kids in My Community

At 25 and fresh out of aviation mechanic school with nothing but school debt, I started an airplane repair business with my eye squarely set on...

At 25 and fresh out of aviation mechanic school with nothing but school debt, I started an airplane repair business with my eye squarely set on restoring big warbirds in Brighton, Michigan. I met Director of Aeronca Aircraft History Museum, Todd Trainor, who let me use his airport workshop for my business. I helped Todd organize the Aeronca Aircraft History Museum that preserved the history of antique civilian aircraft and later landed a full-time restoration project on a rare 1940 WWII training aircraft.

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