"Some Of Them Came Off The Plane Crying"

Posted:

Decatur – A vintage plane with vintage kids.  World War II, Korean War, Vietnam and Desert Storm vets taking a special flight from the Decatur Airport.

Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation is flying 17 veterans.  Some of them in their 80s and 90s, slowly climbing their way into a two-seat 1940 Stearman Biplane.

“We’re giving them a thrill and sense of life,” said pilot Darryl Fisher.  Fisher flew the plane from northern Illinois to Decatur Friday in 36-degree weather.  By the time vets were ready to board in Decatur the temperature was climbing into the 60s.

Fisher and local coordinator Gini Smith both say the flights, which last about 15 minutes each, are a way of giving back.

“It brings back a lot of memories from when they were in World War II, Korea, Vietnam and Desert Storm,” Smith told WAND’s Doug Wolfe.  “Some of them came off the plane crying because it brings back so many memories.”

Flights took place on Friday.  Additional flights for veterans will be on Saturday.  Several first responders will be honored with flights as well. 

A special check presentation from the Macon County Sheriff’s Office will take place Saturday morning at 8:30am.  The public is invited to come watch. 

Current Conditions
/
  • Current Events

    • NBC, WAND team up with shelters for Clear the Shelters

      (WAND) - NBC and Telemundo owned stations are teaming up with hundreds of shelters across the country to host Clear the Shelters, a nationwide pet adoption drive to help find loving homes for animals in need. 

    • Agribusiness Today

      Get your agribusiness report here!

    • Web Exclusives

      Here at WAND we strive to bring you the latest coverage on news happening across central Illinois, and this page is a continuation of that effort.
    More