American Airlines captain Mike Sommars taxis the Boeing Stearman open cockpit biplane out onto the runway at Ardmore’s Industrial Airpark last Friday to begin taking Sulphur Veterans Center residents on short flights as part of a program by the Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation. Six local veterans were taken up in the plane by. Sommars is a volunteer with the foundation.
Sulphur Veterans Center residents are pictured before going up in a restored Boeing Stearman biplane last Friday at the Ardmore Industrial Airpark.The flights are made possible by Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation. Assistance was provided by the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs. Local veterans who made the trip were, from left,Ty Mullins, Robert Derr, Eugene Hester, Rick Ayers, Jason Hartless, American Airlines captain Mike Sommars, who volunteers his time with the foundation, and Mike Shultz.
Sulphur Vets Take Flight
Last Friday was a special day for six Sulphur Veterans Center residents.
They had the honor of being flown around the southern Oklahoma skies in a restored Boeing Stearman Wold War II biplane as part of special program to give back to veterans what they have given.
For one of those residents, 91-year-old Eugene Hester, the flights brought back special memories of a time he was at the controls of a plane very similar to the one that took him up last Friday.
A World War II veteran, Hester was the first of the six local veterans who were treated to the special flights, all made possible by the Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation. The foundation’s stated mission is, “giving back to those who have given.”
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