Operation September Freedom (OSF), a national effort by non-profit Dream Flights working to honor 1,000+ World War II veterans with free Dream Flights in restored Boeing Stearman biplanes, visited the West Michigan Regional Airport on August 3rd to honor 6 World War II veterans.
Dream Flights pilots, who primarily fly for major airlines and are active duty or retired military veterans themselves, volunteered to fly the visiting veterans in restored, fully-operational Boeing Stearman planes, used in military training from the late 1930’s through the early 1940’s. Each veteran flew in the open-cockpit biplane for 20 minutes at approximately 1,000 feet in the air.
As the year 2021 marks the 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, a quintessential landmark of WWII, Dream Flights strives to provide their greatest thanks to the men and women who served. Since its founding in 2011, they’ve honored over 4,200 veterans. The WMRA team is proud to provide the space for them to continue the legacy of honoring our country’s veterans.
Thanks to generous donations, Dream Flights are always free to participants. The organization relies on corporate sponsors, donors and individual donations to support its mission of giving back to those who gave. Tax-deductible donations and sponsorship opportunities are available at https://dreamflights.org/donate/.