90-year-old is building model plane

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by CNN

kvue.com

Posted on August 7, 2012 at 8:50 AM

WINNEBAGO, Minnesota -- A 90-year-old man in Minnesota is spending his golden years building an airplane.

Neil Royer has restored five cars, but says he is ready for a new challenge.

He is now putting together a 1929 model Pietenpol aircraft. The plane is just small enough to fit in his garage. Royer was a flight engineer in the 1940s, but hasn't flown a plane since 1946.

"I've always worked with my hands all of my life and just because I'm 90 years old, I'm not going to quit doing that," Royer said.

Neil's family isn't too excited about him getting behind the controls of a plane, but Royer says flying the plane would complete his bucket list. He expects to have the plane finished in about a year.
 

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