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Model plane enthusiast’s finds permanent home at

DAYTONA BEACH — From to tail and wingtip to wingtip, Don spent decades assembling planes.

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wood, plastic and aluminum, built nearly 600 models reflect the paint schemes of the military aircraft that from World War I through the War.

Most of the planes sat in in Holton’s Ormond Beach for years. But the planes are now ready for the eyes in the Donald B. Holton Aircraft Collection.

The planes are on display for the public at Aeronautical University, in the second-floor in the College of Aviation building, to Holton’s decision before his in 2012 to donate the planes to the

Holton, whose trade was in also had a lifelong passion for and restored and flew vintage

“It was really a combination of his love of and aviation,” Amy Westwood said of her pursuits.

After his death, hobby became a challenge for students. Over the course of seven months, three identified all but a few of the planes by make, and years of service. They repaired a few planes that damaged during the move and Holton’s work.

“The only one who knew they were was Mr. Holton and he didn’t write that or catalogue them,” said Davis, director of external for the College of Aviation.

The planes are now for public eyes. Embry-Riddle’s of Aviation and Aeronautical Science purchased a display case will hold about 325 The school plans to rotate the over time and install a where visitors can enter associated with each and view a brief description and

The university is the perfect home for the Davis said, because the there have an appreciation for attention to detail.

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“If you fly or work aircraft, there’s a passion for the detail, the intricacies that go with it,” Davis

Holton was an avid pilot who to fly as a teenager. A Daytona Beach resident since 1938, attended Mainland High and enlisted in the U.S. Marine serving in World War II and the Korean He later graduated from University and became president and of Holton Volkswagen, Audi and Holton also served as of the Daytona Regional Chamber of Committee of 100, Civic of the Halifax Area and the Mental Association of Volusia County.

The father of five children, worked on the planes throughout of his adult life, said 55, who now lives in Orlando.

Holton’s Gladys, still lives in the Beach home they She described her late husband as a

“When he pursued something, he no stone unturned,” Gladys said. “It’s a very collection of planes.”

She remembered how her wrapped each plane with tissue paper to damage when the recently couple moved out of an apartment the 1950s. Holton would be his wife said, to see his work on at Embry-Riddle.

“He was so proud and protective of all of work,” Gladys Holton

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