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By Garth Meyer
Whitman County Gazette 

A flight's reprise


September 10, 2020

Jeremiah Shea flies in the second open cockpit of the 1929 Fleet trainer plane, piloted by Jared Segebartt of Moscow.

In 1935, a five-year old boy rode in his uncle's lap in the open cockpit of a biplane over Joliet, Ill. Eighty-five years later, he did it again.

Colfax resident Jeremiah Shea, 90, a retired Pan-Am and United Airlines captain, flew on a 1929 steel-tubing, cotton and lacquer-wrapped Fleet Model Two open-cockpit biplane Aug. 12, based at Hangar 180 in Lewiston.

It was the same vintage and model of plane from that day in Joliet.

"It was like heaven," Shea said. "Flying again in the same old aircraft 85 years later. It was just great. It was so much fun."

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