Local seniors, veterans get the chance to soar again in 1940s plane

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RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Ohio -- They served America in World War II. Now, local veterans are getting the chance to soar again thanks to an organization called Ageless Aviation Dreams.

On Monday, seven seniors, many of whom are World War II veterans, from the Parker Place Senior Center were treated to rides in a 1946 Steerman thanks to Ageless Aviation.

Ageless Aviation is a non-profit foundation, and it's based on giving back to those who have given -- seniors.

"Once again, a large percentage are veterans. However, it's not just for veterans. We do like to emphasize wives, the widows. We have a lot of 'Rosie Riveters' that fly with us. Everybody contributed, and everybody sacrificed during that time."

Doreen Kiernan, 94, was one of the lucky seniors Monday. At age 16, she served in England during World War II as a radio operator for the pilots.

"Oh, I loved it," she said after her plane ride. "I've not been in a small plane like that in my life. I'd do it again. When I got up, it was wonderful. I could have gone around for a longer time than we did."

Gene Gressley was in the Navy during World War II and was extremely grateful for the once in a lifetime experience.

"I think it's great," he said. "It's an honor to be selected to do this. I never expected to have an experience like this."

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