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Senior citizens soar over Tupelo in World War II-era plane

“It was the ride of my life,” Jack Price, 90, said.

Posted: Apr 2, 2019 1:27 PM
Updated: Apr 2, 2019 1:48 PM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Several local senior citizens had the chance to soar among the clouds.

Six residents at Traceway Retirement Community in Tupelo took to the skies Tuesday in a World War II-era plane.

The Boeing-Stearman biplane was used to train military aviators in the 1940s.

Scott DeLong & Jack Price

The seniors are all military veterans.

“It was the ride of my life,” said 90-year-old Jack Price.

These flights were courtesy of Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation, a non-profit based in Nevada.

Darryl and Carol Fisher founded the organization in 2011 to honor U.S. military veterans who live in long-term care facilities.

To date, the foundation has provided almost 2,000 "dream flights" to veterans across the nation. 

Pilot Scott DeLong recalled his father’s time in the Korean War.

“I couldn’t be standing here talking to you right now if it wasn’t for our vets,” he said.

The flights continued into the afternoon.

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