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MIKE SIEGEL / THE SEATTLE TIMES

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Loving machines and the dreams they inspire, airplane enthusiasts pursue their passion

Bob Dempster, a former teacher, holds a model of the 1924 World Cruiser, which made the first world circumnavigation. Dempster plans to re-create the trip once he finishes building a full-size replica of the plane — a task that's so far taken eight years. Like many Northwest residents who are passionate about airplanes, Dempster and his wife, Diane, worked their way from a small, inexpensive airplane to full-scale aeronautical "dedication" or, as others would say, "obsession."