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Museum finishes replica of World War I-era plane

There is a new exhibit at the Empire State Aerosciences Museum: a 7/8 replica of a Nieuport Scout, one of the first combat aircraft (WWI).  Pictured with the aircraft is Ralph Rosenthal, president of the museum.
Photographer: Stacey Lauren-Kennedy
There is a new exhibit at the Empire State Aerosciences Museum: a 7/8 replica of a Nieuport Scout, one of the first combat aircraft (WWI). Pictured with the aircraft is Ralph Rosenthal, president of the museum.
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Charles Birkhan of Lake Luzerne set out to build himself an airplane. He constructed the parts out of spruce trees that were felled when a local diner was torn down. Before he could assemble the meticulously crafted parts of the airplane’s frame, Birkhan became ill; he died in August, 2011, at age 85. Birkhan’s work in progress, along with a journal of detailed notes and technical information, was donated to the Empire State Aerosciences Museum ...

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