Veterans take flight in airplanes at Purdue

Eight Indiana Veterans took to the sky Saturday afternoon for the first time in years.

Posted: Aug 4, 2018 6:48 PM
Updated: Aug 5, 2018 7:37 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)—Eight Indiana Veterans took to the sky Saturday afternoon for the first time in years.

The Indiana Veterans Home gave 80 to 92-year-olds the chance to ride in a 1942 Boeing Stearman, an airplane used to train military aviators back in the 40s.

Rides lasted 15 to 20 minutes and went up 1,000 feet in the air at the Purdue University Airport.

Karen Marsh said this was an opportunity she is happy her father took.

"We just got a phone call out of the blue and this company was in town and they had a weekend free to take some of the veterans up," said Marsh. "My mom was like 'Should we let him go?' and I said 'Yeah, he'll have a great time!'"

Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation provided the rides for the event. The non-profit organization honors U.S. military veterans living in long-term care facilities.

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