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Airplane Doubles As Landmark, School Bus Shelter
An airplane isn't what you ordinarily expect to see in the front yard of an Iowa cattle and hog farm. But for "flying farmers" Glenn and Sally Kinneberg, of Spring Grove in southern Minnesota, It's appropriate.
The single engine, two-passenger plane is not a model or replica, but a real, full-sized Air Coupe, a commercial aircraft once popular but no longer made. It's a reminder to the community that the Kinnebergs are flying farmers (they also own their own operating airplane). The old, "retired" airplane also served as a shelter for young Russell Kinneberg when he waited at the driveway entrance for the school bus.
"It makes an ideal bus shelter," says Sally. "I've seen other unusual shelters, including a few made from old telephone booths, but ours is the only airplane I've ever seen double as a bus shelter and farm landmark."
The aircraft was recovered after a crash, at no cost to Kinneberg who reassembled it. It's complete and fully equipped except for an engine and propeller. The aircraft is mounted on a trailer which makes it mobile for use in parades or other displays.
Both the Kinnebergs fly. Glenn has had his pilot's license for about 30 years and is currently president of the Minnesota Chapter of International Flying Farmers.

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