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Montana 4-H Clover
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Contributors: Rae Lynn Benson, Wendy Gerky, Chery Ann Weatherell, Jennifer Wells, The Livingston Enterprise, The Great Falls Tribune
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|2003-2004 Montana 4-H Clover
Father and daughter build their own airplane
s a Pietenpol Aircamper,"
said Rebecca, 14. "
s like an open cockpit biplane without the lower wing. It seats two, including the pilot."
Flying and tinkering with airplanes is an interest that runs deep in Rebecca'
s family. Her father, Pete Smith, has a degree in Aerospace Engineering and spent three years as a flight test engineer for the Navy. He rebuilt his first plane when he was fresh out of high school.
s maternal grandfather was a private pilot who rebuilt a 1947 Taylorcraft plane. And her uncle was an airplane mechanic in the Navy and currently rebuilds airplanes for the Smithsonian'
s Air and Space Museum.
Rebecca is a 5-year member of the Creative Critters 4-H Club in Lewistown. Her leader, Becky Jackson, also happens to be her aunt and namesake.
Rebecca has done projects in sewing, cooking and horseless horse, but her main focus is the aerospace project. "
The aerospace project involves rocketry, as well as fixed wing aircraft, models, kites -- basically anything that flies or looks like it might!"
Rebecca has been flying with me and working with me around airplanes since she was a toddler,"
said her father. "
4-H has really helped Rebecca keep her interests and hobbies organized and well-documented -- a very good introduction to being an engineer."
s interest in 4-H was especially encouraged by her mother, Margaret Smith, who was in 4-H while growing up in Maryland. "
I can see that Rebecca is much more comfortable speaking in public, participating in meetings of all kinds and taking on responsibilities and leadership roles. She has helped her father, a 4-H leader for aerospace projects, plan and present clinics for other kids in the aerospace projects,"
said Mrs. Smith.
s club leader says she loves learning and sharing her knowledge with younger 4-H'
She always wants to know how and why something does what it does,"
says Becky. "
She really enjoys working with kids and helping them learn something that she has an avid interest in."
Rebecca plans to solo at age 16 and get her pilot'
s license at age 17. When can we expect to see her soaring in the sky in her new plane? "
Hopefully by the time I get my license, but it'
s hard to tell,"
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