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Air Zoo to offer free airplane rides to veterans

June 1, 2010

This summer, veterans who served during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War will have the chance to take flight, for free!

Beginning June 29, veterans will be able to fly in a Boeing-Stearman N2S-5 Kaydet, courtesy of the Air Zoo and pilot/sponsor Alan Wright. The Kaydet is an open cockpit aircraft that served as the U.S. Navy's primary trainer during World War II.

"We are thrilled to offer free flights to those who have sacrificed so much while serving our country," said Bob Ellis, president and CEO of the Air Zoo.

Flights will take place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays through Sept. 1, weather permitting. They are open to veterans who have not previously participated with the Air Zoo's free veteran flights. Flights will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis, and those who are flying must sign a waiver. A maximum of five flights per day will be offered.

For more information or to reserve a flight, please call the Air Zoo at 269.350.2815.

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