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Bement retiring for job, not skies

Bob Bement standing next to his 1959 Cessna 182. Bement bought the plane in 1992, repaired it for three years and has been flying it ever since. (The Enterprise/Isabella Garcia)

VALE – Bob Bement caught the flying bug in 1960 on a flight to Jackpot, Nevada.

Once the plane was up in the air, Paul — a man Bement worked for on the weekends — handed over the controls.

That was the first time Bement had ever been in a plane.

Between marriage and kids and life, it took Bement until 1980 to get his pilot’s license. Most dates he can rattle off without hesitation, but the year he started as the Vale airport manager escapes him, possibly because the pilot had a singular focus at the time.

“I wanted my airplane in the hangar,” he . . .