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Taylor lived pilot’s dream, fought in three U.S. wars

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Leader photo by NANCY BERGERON- Ira Taylor, a retired three-war Air Force veteran, now enjoys building model planes like the ones he used to fly.

Ira Taylor sits at his cluttered dining room table studying the directions for his latest project, a balsa wood model of an old bi-plane. The struts, he says, need to be redone.

Taylor, 89, of Ruston, knows a lot about airplanes — real ones, as well as the vast collections of models that hang from the ceiling in his bedroom and fill his hobby room downstairs.

Taylor flew combat missions in two wars and was a base engineer in a third.

“It scared the hell out of you at times,” he said about his experiences in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

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