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After being grounded for almost 10 years, the "Fairey Gannet" returned to the skies on Aug. 9 after taking off at New Richmond Regional Airport.

Historic airplane returns to flight

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For nearly a decade, XT-752 has been grounded due to its declining condition.

But on Aug. 9, after years of restoration efforts, it took to the skies above New Richmond to the cheers of onlookers. It's last flight was in 2004.


Harry Odone, who has guided the historic airplane's return to flight, piloted the historic 1950's-era British warplane that evening.

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Jeff Holmquist
Jeff Holmquist has been managing editor of the New Richmond News since 2004. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and business administration from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He has previously worked as editor in Wadena, Minn.; Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Hutchinson, Minn.; and Bloomington, Minn. He also was previously owner of the Osceola Sun, Stillwater Courier and Scandia Messenger along with his wife. Together they previously founded and published The Old Times newspaper for antiques and collectibles collectors; and Up!, a Christian magazine of hope and encouragement.
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