Local veterans experience a huge opportunity

Local veterans experience a huge opportunity
DARLINGTON COUNTY, SC (WMBF) Local veterans are getting the chance to fly in a vintage war aircraft for free.
A national non-profit is flying those veterans out of Branhams Airport in Darlington County this week.

"To fly in an open cockpit... it's one my bucket list things. I crossed it off now," Veteran Danny Weaver said.

The plane taking of at the airport this week is a Boeing Stearman.

Small planes like the one at the airport, were built in the 30's and 40's and were used to train soldiers during World War 2.

Wednesday, wasn’t  Weaver's first time going up in a military style plane. In his career as a serviceman he logged 1,300 hours in flight. Getting to go up again in a Boeing Stearman is something Weaver called exhilarating.

"I'm excited…for the veterans it's just shows more appreciation then I could imagine," Weaver said.

Weaver served 14 years in the navy and 18 years in the National Guard.

From Wednesday until Friday, he and other veterans are getting the chance to spend a little time in the sky.

This gesture is a way the Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation says thank you to our service members.

"It's fantastic what they are doing really for the shut in's and the nursing home those in long term care," Weaver said.

"A lot of these are in museums. A lot of these are in people's hangers, they don't get flown a lot, but our airplanes are working airplanes,” Darryl Fisher, President of Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation said. “We have three airplanes that we use for dream flights."

Fisher and his team have been providing dream flights around the country for veterans of all ages, but especially for World War 2 Vets.

"Imagine being up in the air in your 90's, universally there are smiles. We get smiles we get tears we get people who don't want to get out of the airplane it's a really magical experience," Fisher said.

Dream Flights are given totally for free.

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