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Chuck Krabbenhoft of Sabin is building an airplane in honor of his friend, Jimmy Franklin, who was killed in an air show accident in 2005. David Samson / The Forum

Project honors friendship

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SABIN, Minn. - The steel airplane frame sitting in his farm shop is all Chuck Krabbenhoft has left of his best friend.

Three days before his death, legendary air show pilot Jimmy Franklin visited Krabbenhoft's rural Sabin farm to see the progress his friend was making on the plane they designed together.

"And he was just excited as can be about that," Krabbenhoft recalled.

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