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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

Dempster and his World Cruiser building crew, mostly volunteer, hold a photo of the original crews of the four World Cruisers, named for major cities, that left Sand Point on April 6, 1924, heading for Alaska and the Aleutian Islands. The plane Dempster is re-creating, the Seattle, crashed on an Alaskan mountainside, but the crew walked 10 days through frozen wilderness to civilization. Six months later, the remaining planes completed the trip back to Seattle.