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Plane is staying home, but Lark of Duluth's story to be shared at EAA Airventure

Although the Lark of Duluth, a replica of a 1913 flying boat, won't be on display at the Experimental Aircraft Association's Airventure show in Oshkosh, Wis., as planned this week, its story still will receive prominent play.

Although the Lark of Duluth, a replica of a 1913 flying boat, won't be on display at the Experimental Aircraft Association's Airventure show in Oshkosh, Wis., as planned this week, its story still will receive prominent play.

Mark Marino, who led local efforts to re-create the biplane in time for the 100th anniversary of its arrival in Duluth, will be on hand at the nation's largest airplane show to fill aviation buffs in on the ongoing project.

Just days after starring in the Lark O' the Lake Festival earlier this month, the reproduction airplane was damaged in a crash landing July 16. The Lark also had been invited to attend Airventure, but Marino said the airplane was too seriously damaged to make the trip.

The Duluth Aviation Institute now aims to rebuild the airplane and have it ready for action by Jan. 1, 2014, in time to mark the anniversary of the original Lark offering the first-ever commercial flights in the nation.

The Duluth Aviation Institute has launched a fundraising campaign with the goal of paying for another $6,500 in materials needed to make repairs to the Lark. Contributions may be sent to: "Spirit of the Lark Fund," Hangar 10, Sky Harbor Airport, 5000 Minnesota Ave., Duluth, MN 55802.

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More information also is available at www.duluthaviationinstitute.org .

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