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Local pilot retires his wings

Don Hohler • Jan 17, 2014 at 12:07 PM

For Mike Weisenberger, it was time to get back down to earth.

The 59-year-old Greenwich-Milan Townline resident had been in the friendly skies for something like 42 years, first as a member of the Air Force and then as a pilot for FedEx. Weisenberger has settled into retirement where it all started, the 500-acre family farm. He will manage it and get help from his two brothers, Tim and Jim.

His love for flight started at age 17 when he was licensed to fly the family plane, a two-place (seats are one behind the other) Champion Tri-Champ, a fabric-covered plane that was powered by a 90-horsepower engine and had a cruising speed of 100 mph. His flying ended a couple months ago when he made his final landing in one of the largest planes that take to the skies -- an A-300 Air Bus that has a gross takeoff weight of 380,000 pounds. Weisenberger used his pilot's license as a means to a college education.

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