“It was very enjoyable. I got to check out all the instruments, and double check the air speed and altitude,” he said. “We didn’t have dual controls though, so I couldn’t take over!”
Fredrickson was one of eight veterans from various Capri Senior Communities treated to dream flights provided by the Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation. From World War II to the Cold War and from the Army to the Navy, the men represented most branches of the military and served all over the world.
Fisher founded the organization with the goal of “giving back to those who have given.” Before the first flight of the day, Fisher noted, “We’re here for one purpose today: to say thank you.”
For Ed Green, 81, the day was especially meaningful. After his flight, he said, “It was an awesome experience. It means a lot because veterans are finally getting honored.”
Green served in the Army during the Cold War. Stationed in Germany, he primarily worked in the office as a personnel specialist. After his service, he worked for 37 years at Fox 6 in the engineering department.
“It was a little noisy, but not too windy,” he said after deplaning and giving a thumbs up. “It was wonderful, and we had some good views of the lakes below.”