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

Bob Dempster, who is building a reproduction of a 1924 Douglas World Cruiser, the Seattle, has had to re-create some key fittings from scratch, using sketchy old plans, measurements from one now enshrined in a museum and pieces from the original Seattle, which crashed. Dempster calls his little notebook "my palm pilot."