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Josh Brownell with Gypsy Air Tours flies his 1930 Waco Taperwing biplane over th

Sharing a passion for flight

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Passengers climbing down from an open-cockpit ride in a biplane at the American Barnstormers Tour in Brainerd shared a similar reaction — “what a rush.”

Windblown, they were able to feel the pull of the freedom of the skies that helped propel the country to flight.

Aircraft from the 1920s and 1930s, complete with pilots and volunteers in period costume, are on display through Tuesday at the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport, along with the biplane rides.

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Renee Richardson
Richardson is a Pacelli High School graduate from Austin, Minn., who earned an applied science degree from the University of Minnesota, Waseca, with an emphasis in horse management. She worked extensively in the resort industry. She received an associate’s degree from Central Lakes College, where she was editor of the Westbank Journal student newspaper, as well as a summer intern at the Dispatch. She graduated from St. Cloud State University summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and interned at the St. Cloud Times covering business while attending SCSU. She's been with the Brainerd Dispatch since 1996.
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