Originally published by the Stevens Point Journal
The event was held June 9 at the Stevens Point Municipal Airport, and it was the fifth consecutive year of Dream Flights in Stevens Point.
Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to giving “back to those who have given,” honors seniors and military veterans living in long-term care communities by providing free flights on Boeing Stearman biplanes — a model used to train military aviators during the World War II era.
One of AADF’s vintage aircrafts is usually flown in for the event but Portage County Health Care Center Administrator Marcia McDonald said a historic biplane will soon be housed at the Stevens Point Municipal Airport. The plane will be used year round to provide flights to veterans from all over the Midwest.
McDonald said this addition to Stevens Point’s hangar will be a boost in central Wisconsin business.
According to a press release, Ageless Aviation Dreams founder Darryl Fisher and many local officials gathered at the Stevens Point Municipal Airport to support the event. In attendance were Stevens Point Mayor Mike Wiza, Portage County Executive Patty Dreier, State Representative Katrina Shankland, members of the Portage County Business Council, Portage County Sheriff Mike Lukas, and author David Freeze.
Local paramedics and an honor guard firing squad were also present to celebrate the day, which McDonald said was meant to honor a “move forward into the future with a bright optimistic view for our seniors.”
If you are interested in being part of next year’s dream flights, contact Marcia McDonald at 715-254-5515. To learn more about the Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation, please visit http://www.agelessaviationdreams.org/.