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Man recounts surviving midair collision with another plane

from Great Falls Tribune

According to author Charles "Speck" Helmbrecht: The morning of Feb. 8, 1956, was a crisp, bright, winter day with several inches of snow on the ground. It was, in fact, the kind of day my friend, Leo Zimmer, and I had been waiting for: calm, clear and perfect for flying. Or so we thought. I had approximately 130 hours of flying time and had earned my private pilot's license, building time for a commercial pilot's license while my wife was teaching in the Helena school system. My mornings were spent at the Helena School of Aeronautics where I was studying for my Airframe and Powerplant Mechanics license. more

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