Veterans fly in a WWII-Era plane on the anniversary of D-Day

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Updated: 6/06/2014 5:49 pm
STEAD, Nev. (KRNV & -- Today marks 70 years since D-Day. So a Carson City-based non-profit is going to great heights to say thank you to our vets.

Eight local veterans took to the skies today in a restored World War II-era plane.

Event organizers said this isn't just about the flight.

"It's payback to these individuals for what they've given all us subsequent generations," said Wes Lucken, ground crew for the Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation.

Erwin Powell was an Army Air Corps gunner on a B-26 in WWII.

"[We] put in 55 missions over France and Germany," Powell said.

Now, decades later, Powell is flying again - this time over northern Nevada.

"I think it is an appropriate event for the anniversary," Powell said.

That is why Ageless Aviation Dreams is taking these flights.

Lucken said it's about a 20 minute joy ride.

"[We] take off, fly out toward Pyramid Lake, make a few turns, do some sight-seeing, turn around and comeback and land," he said.

One by one, the veterans went back in time in a WWII training plane.

"It's just something that I never thought I'd get to do," said WWII Army Nurse Mary McCormick.

But today, at 90 years old, she did it.

"You couldn't believe it," McCormick said. "It was just unreal."

Even seasoned flyers like Powell were impressed.

"That was fantastic," he said.

He said he'd definitely do it again.

"The experience of being up there again is very enjoyable," Powell said.

The Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation takes these flights throughout the summer. So if you're a World War II, Korea or Vietnam veteran, or if you know one you think might want to go up for one of these rides, click here for more information.
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