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Dreaming of flying, Marshfield teen becomes commercial pilot

9:32 PM, May 18, 2013
Tyler Stargardt of Marshfield, right, after flying Sweet Revenge, a World War II P-51 fighter plane, with Evan Fagen, a pilot at Fagen Fighters WWII Museum in Granite Falls, Minn.
Tyler Stargardt of Marshfield, right, after flying Sweet Revenge, a World War II P-51 fighter plane, with Evan Fagen, a pilot at Fagen Fighters WWII Museum in Granite Falls, Minn.
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Tyler Stargardt, 19, of Marshfield, always has had his head in the clouds, looking for contrails from jets and watching for planes.

While his childhood friends were admiring loud motorcycles or fast cars, Stargardt was dreaming of piloting aircraft high in the sky to faraway places.

"Ever since I can remember, I've been looking up, watching, looking at whatever plane was in the sky and wondering, 'How far can I go?'" said Stargardt, who became a licensed pilot two days after his 17th birthday and recently completed his commercial pilot license. ...

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