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Veterans and active duty members to get free biplane rides this summer
June 4, 2009
Veterans and active duty military members of all branches of the armed services will have a chance to fly in a N2S-5 Boeing Kaydet, U.S. Navy primary trainer for free this summer, beginning June 23. Flights are courtesy of the Air Zoo and pilot/sponsor Alan Wright.
"We, along with Alan, are pleased to be able to "give back" to those who sacrificed to defend our national freedom," says Bob Ellis, executive director of the Air Zoo.
Flights-which will run through August 26-will be offered each Tuesday and Wednesday (weather permitting).
Flights will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis and those flying will need to sign a waiver. A maximum of six flights per day will be offered, and veterans must reserve a flight by calling the Air Zoo.
"This program offers a rare opportunity for veterans to experience a flight in an open cockpit aircraft," says Ellis.
As space is very limited, veterans interested in taking a flight are encouraged to call the Air Zoo at 269.382.6555, ext. 121.
As of June 30th, the flights for 2009 are now full. We are, however, still taking names for the waiting list.