TACOMA, Wash - Community Credit Union CEO Don Larsen has come infor a landing. Larsen discovered his passion for flying in themid-1960s when he used to fly with a bush pilot in Alaska. Hisinterest soon went beyond getting his pilot's license to buildingan experimental plane. In all, Larsen has owned four planes."Flying float planes is particularly fun," he said of the boatsthat land either on solid ground or on the water. He said heenjoyed going out fishing where no one else can reach. Larsen saidhe had had a few nerve racking experiences in the friendly skies."I've never been scared...anxious a couple of times maybe," hesaid. However, Larsen has not had the time in the last few years todevote to flying and his modes of transportation remain on theground despite their souped- up engines. Larsen is a founder of theKingsman, a car club. Currently, he has in his garage a 1937 Chevytwo-door sedan with a 350 cubic inch V8 engine, automatictransmission, and air conditioning. And in his garage is where itstays lest the cherry paint job gets ruined except on the rareSunday when the weather is perfect. While Larsen enjoys his presentstreet rod, he admits his favorite one that he has owned was a redand white 1955 Chevy two-door called "el Santo" (The Saint) whichhad a built up four speed. In his younger days during the 1970s,Larsen added, he had been involved with a group that ran mud racesand drag races. "I'm into speed," he said. "Speed and noise." -


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