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“I think it would be a very formidable aircraft in the market,” Johnson says.

One day there may be more than one Boomerang drawing crowds at airports and keeping pilots safe if an engine fails.

Steve Schapiro is an aviation writer and photographer. He earned his private pilot’s license when he was 17, and currently owns a 1968 Piper Cherokee Arrow, which his father bought new and picked up at the factory in Vero Beach, Florida.


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