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Yakima man restores antique and classic airplanes

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- Hobbies can come in all shapes and sizes, for one Yakima man, it's airplane sized.

Richard Pingrey collects and restores antique and classic airplanes in his hangar at the Yakima Airport. Pingrey took up his hobby after retiring as a Pan Am pilot several years ago.

He has a plane from 1929 that he takes around to air shows, and he's currently restoring two aircraft from 1927. He says proper restorations can take years.

"Just one way or another kinda came into... focus and existence. And we've got 'em coming along and if I live to be 120 years old I'll be able to get them finished," he says.

Pingrey is actually completely rebuilding one plane all the way up from its frame.  If you want to see these planes for yourself, Pingrey says he is in his hangar at the Yakima Airport a few days a week.

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