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Veterans Take to Skies in Local D-Day Event

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In honor of D-Day, a group of local veterans took to the skies thanks to the help of the Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation - a group that honors vets by flying them in airplanes.

For 90-year-old Mary McCormick, a nurse in WWII - today was a first.

"Are you scared, excited?" asks reporter Landon Miller.

"No, I'm excited!" 

With that thumbs up, up and away she went on a 1942 Stearman Biplane. For her daughter, Deborah, today was special. "Her life is pretty much defined by moments. This is giving her an awesome moment in her life that she may or may not remember, but I think she will," says Deborah Jiron.

About 15 minutes later, Mary landed safely back at Reno-Stead Airport.
Pilot and Ageless Aviation founder Darryl Fisher says he does flights like this as a way to say thanks. "We owe our freedoms to them, and to honor them and to share the joy of flight with them is really special to me."

In total, about 10 vets, mostly from WWII and a few from the Korean War participated in today's flights. They all come from Emeritus Retirement homes from around Northern Nevada. "Families are extremely excited to be able to share this and we're more than happy to be part of this," says Sonya Patarno.

And fellow residents watched the excitement.

But for Mary McCormick who told us she was only afraid of messing up her hair, today's flight is something. "I've had to wait 90 years to do what I've always wanted and that's fly a plane like this. And I've done it. Now I can die now..." she laughs.

Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation is based out of Carson City, but they give rides to vets all around the nation. Last year they did 274 dream flights, this year they expect more than 400.

Written by Landon Miller
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