Terry Comp's sky-high dreams started at a young age.
“A lot of the air planes when they come in to land at the Sioux Falls airport would fly right over us, and I’d look up and go, 'Boy I wish I could do that someday.”
At 69-years-old, those dreams haven't aged a day.
When he retired from flying and fixing planes, Comp decided to build one of his own.
He set his sights on crafting a KR2S experimental.
It was an investment of time, heart, and money.
“Just about 10 years. I was putting it together slow so I wouldn’t make any mess-ups, and I researched every step of the way to make sure it was done right.”
The plane still needs a lot of work. The gear needs to be finished up on it; the engine needs to be put together and needs to have a motor mount.
Its hard work that Comp didn't mind doing, because it meant his creation could take flight.
“That'd be the ultimate dream!” he said.
But that dream came crashing down when Comp discovered his prized plane vandalized.
“I felt my heart was going out through my feet. I just sunk I just, 'Ah man, there goes my dream.”
His storage unit turned workshop was broken into. Vandals made away with his toolbox, damaging the tail of his plane in the process.
He says it’s not anything that can’t be fixed, but after investing a decade, he doesn't have the heart to continue on.
"By the time I get this thing done and ready to fly I’ll just be getting too old, because I don't want to see myself working on an airplane at 75, 80 years old.”
Though his dreams are now grounded, he doesn't want to see his plane with the same fate.
“I hope to find somebody what will be willing to buy it and be willing to finish the project and I’d like to see it fly, even if I’m not the pilot. I’d really, really, like to have a ride in it because I know what it’s capable of.”
Comp says the plane still needs a lot of work to come together, but to the right person, that's the fun part.