On August 23, 2019, Springfield Masonic Community partnered with Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation to provide eight U.S. veteran residents with individual flights in a restored 1940 Boeing Stearman biplane, the same aircraft used to train military aviators during World War II.
The flights were courtesy of Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation, a Carson City, Nevada-based, nonprofit that honors U.S. military veterans living in retirement communities with free Dream Flights. It is dedicated to honoring senior veterans from all U.S. military branches by providing free Dream Flights in one of three fully restored Boeing Stearman biplanes. Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation has given more than 4,000 Dream Flights in 43 states since 2011 honoring its mission to “Giving back to those who have given.”
Each veteran from Springfield Masonic Community took a 25 minute flight in the open cockpit biplane, soaring 1,000 feet above the heads of their friends and family. The flights took place at Grimes Field Airport in Urbana, Ohio.
“At The Ohio Masonic Home, where LIFEstyle sparks new beginnings, we were able to partner with Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation to give eight of our residents dream flights on a restored 1940 Boeing Stearman Biplane. We pride ourselves in offering a lifestyle for our residents by creating unique opportunities like dream flights, ziplining, and more! In this case, we were able to honor those who have served with a dream flight of a lifetime. If our residents can dream it, we will do our best to make it happen!”
– Scott Buchanan, CEO of The Ohio Masonic Home