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Ken Heide stands next to the 1934 Pietenpol airplane he's building in his Hawley garage. He's been working on the plane for three years and hopes to have it flying by next year. (Photo by Brian Basham/DL Tribune)

Built from scratch

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If you see a guy driving down the streets of Hawley this summer in an airplane without wings, don't be alarmed. It's Ken Heide testing out his scratch-built airplane before he takes it up in the air.


Heide has rebuilt or created all sorts of interesting things: bikes, helmets with a wing, a pedal airplane for kids. He later plans to build a boat, and is now building from scratch a 1934 Pietenpol airplane in his Hawley garage.

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