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Bob Collins
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How I helped give a guy an airplane
The mission was clear: Quickly get to know a Litchfield resident I'd never met before, figure out a way to get into the passenger seat of his airplane on one particular Sunday when he might not be interested in flying and coordinate an air rendezvous with a...
The mission was clear: Quickly get to know a Litchfield resident I'd never met before, figure out a way to get into the passenger seat of his airplane on one particular Sunday when he might not be interested in flying and coo...
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Pilots rally to provide a lift to a Kenyan man with a dream
When last we heard of Gabriel Nderitu, whom we first heard about here , the man from Kenya with a dream to fly had tried to coax his homebuilt airplane into the sky for a 14th time. And for a 14th time, he got a close up look at terra firma. https://youtu....
When last we heard of Gabriel Nderitu, whom we first heard about here, the man from Kenya with a dream to fly had tried to coax his homebuilt airplane into the sky for a 14th time. And for a 14th time, he got a close up look ...
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The winter of our content
This has been, you might have, heard an unusual winter. The grey and clouds of November have hung around for most of the winter in the Upper Midwest. Even when it's been clear enough to fly, it's been unusually choppy. Today was different. I was supposed to...
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Old people tell young people all the time that life is short and passes fast and young people don't believe it. It's been that way since the earth started turning. My son, Sean, turned 30 today and while it seems like it was only yesterday, more reflection ...
Old people tell young people all the time that life is short and passes fast and young people don't believe it. It's been that way since the earth started turning. My son, Sean, turned 30 today and while it seems like it was ...
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Aid and comfort
(Reprinted from Van's Air Force ) My RV can do many cool things and take me to many enjoyable places. Last evening I learned it can help do something more: provide aid and comfort to people. This is Sue and Gary. A few years ago, pretty much on this same sp...
(Reprinted from Van's Air Force) My RV can do many cool things and take me to many enjoyable places. Last evening I learned it can help do something more: provide aid and comfort to people. This is Sue and Gary. A few years ...
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Hello, down there!
I think more than anything else, the best part about flying is picking out a rural airport on the sectional map, and then flying there just to see who's there. So this evening I flew to Boyceville, WI., (3T3) about 45 air miles from South St. Paul. It was a...
I think more than anything else, the best part about flying is picking out a rural airport on the sectional map, and then flying there just to see who's there. So this evening I flew to Boyceville, WI., (3T3) about 45 air mil...
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When you laugh instead of cry
This week I found some of my old favorite pictures that were taken in the film-era and started digitizing them. Not surprisingly, it brought back plenty of memories for me, and, as it turned out, for my oldest son who saw this one on Facebook. That's his gr...
This week I found some of my old favorite pictures that were taken in the film-era and started digitizing them. Not surprisingly, it brought back plenty of memories for me, and, as it turned out, for my oldest son who saw thi...
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Fixing the leaky RV-7A tank
A few years ago I had a leaking rivet on the underside of the left fuel tank on the RV-7A and Doug Weiler of the Twin Cities Builder's Group suggested some ProSeal and a closed rivet. It worked great. For the last couple of years, I've had two nagging rivet...
A few years ago I had a leaking rivet on the underside of the left fuel tank on the RV-7A and Doug Weiler of the Twin Cities Builder's Group suggested some ProSeal and a closed rivet. It worked great. For the last couple of y...
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A ride for 'the little girl next door'
"H", as we call her publicly now because she's a teacher now and you know how people are out there, was the little girl who grew up next door (approximately) when we moved to the neighborhood in 1993. Now, as I indicated, she's a teacher and, presumably, a ...
"H", as we call her publicly now because she's a teacher now and you know how people are out there, was the little girl who grew up next door (approximately) when we moved to the neighborhood in 1993. Now, as I indicated, she...
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Fingerprints
There's an old saying in the homebuilt airplane business. "The only reason to build an airplane is that you want to build an airplane." The same is true for people with polished airplanes, who have to constantly endure the admonishment that it's too much w...
There's an old saying in the homebuilt airplane business. "The only reason to build an airplane is that you want to build an airplane." The same is true for people with polished airplanes, who have to constantly endure the ad...
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Writer, you can call it blogger if you want, for Minnesota Public Radio.
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  • Minnesota Public Radio
    Blogger, 1992 - present
  • Berkshire Broadcasting Co.
    VP Programming, 1986 - 1992
  • RKO Radio Network, NY
    Editor, 1984 - 1986
  • WHDH Radio, Boston
    Editor, 1981 - 1984
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Writes the blog, NewsCut, for Minnesota Public Radio. Pilot. Builder of airplanes. Lover of Cleveland Indians baseball. Father who wishes he'd had an instruction manual.
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St. Paul, MN - Sheffield, MA - Eastchester, NY - Belmont, MA. - Cambridge, MA - Cheshire, MA - Pittsfield, MA - Fitchburg, MA - Boston, MA
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It's kind of typical of these folks that they hand out plastic bags and flyers for the nationwide USPS food drive, and then they don't bother to step down from their truck to pick up the two bags of groceries we left. Pathetic.
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