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Updated: 07/16/2017 08:30:02AM

Building a plane in his garage

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Gene Hansen plans to have his plane airborne by sometime in October.

DEBBIE FLESSNER


Gene Hansen is putting the finishing touches on the sport plane he is building in his Venice garage.

DEBBIE FLESSNER


The cockpit of Gene Hansen’s plane has room for just a pilot.

DEBBIE FLESSNER


When attached, the wings of Gene Hansen’s plane fold up for easier storage.

DEBBIE FLESSNER


Gene Hansen says he still uses his father’s toolbox from the Depression years.

By DEBBIE FLESSNER

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He’s a tall, fit man, with clear blue eyes and a firm handshake. Just the kind of person who would take on a project like building his very own airplane from the ground up.

After all, he is a military veteran — from World War II.

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