Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Nathan Peterson's RV-8

Nathan Peterson of Blooming Prairie is building his own airplane in his shop just outside of town.

Since Peterson was 10-years-old he has been fascinated with airplanes. His father, Harris, had a plane in the hangar at their home.

"I could drive everything else in the shed, so I decided to try airplanes," Peterson said.

The plane builder is a 1977 Blooming Prairie High School graduate.

Peterson worked hard for decades, working all week on the farm to be able to afford lessons on the weekend. In 1980, he got his Airline Transport Pilot License.

Today, he is a pilot for Pinnacle Airlines where he has been for over 23 years. He flies out of Minneapolis Saint Paul International Airport.

"It was a long haul to get where I am at today," he said.

(More from the Blooming Prairie (MN) Times)

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