Two seniors fly over the Tri-Cities in WWII Boeing StearmanPosted: Updated:
RICHLAND, Wash. -- Two senior citizens are not letting their age slow them down from taking on new adventures. 86 year old Vera Selfridge and 90 year old Margaret Walker are both residents at Riverton Retirement and Assisted Living.
The pair proved the sky's the limit, literally, thanks to a non-profit foundation called Ageless Aviation Dreams.
"Our veterans and seniors, they get lost in the system. And this is a way to recognize them. The mission of the foundation is to give back to those who have given," says Darryl Fisher who has been a pilot for 30 years.
Fisher is from Nevada who also works in the Senior Housing Industry, so he knew first hand some of the challenges those living in assisted living communities face. That's why, for 4-6 weeks each Summer, he takes seniors and veterans living in assisted living communities on plane rides across the country. He's flown with 75 so far in 30 states.
"We're going to go up for 15-20 minutes and we're going to see the country side and give them the thrill of having the wind in their face," says Fisher.
And it's not just a regular plane, it's a 1942 World War II Boeing Stearman.
"I've never done anything like that before, so that's why I'm doing it," says Selfridge who volunteered right away. She says it's special for her because her husband and two brothers all served in the war.
"I think it will be exciting to go up. I'm just kind of gutsy anyhow and so is my friend Vera," says her friend Margaret Walker.
Fisher reached out to the Riverton Retirement and Assisted Living in Richland. Julie Schuler, the activities director says the two ladies volunteered right away.