Salina veteran to receive ‘dream flight’

Todd pittengerAugust 22, 2021

A 96-year-old World War II veteran from Salina will take off on a ‘dream flight’ later this week. Bob Cook, who served as a parachutist, will have the chance to take off in a biplane and fly over and around the city.

Dream Flights is an established non-profit organization dedicated to honoring seniors and military veterans. Thanks to donors, community support and volunteers, the foundation offers “dream flights” in a Boeing Stearman biplane, the same aircraft used to train many military aviators in the late 1930s and early 1980s. forties.

Cook’s “Dream Flight” is part of the “Operation September Freedom” organizations. Organizers say they launched “Operation September Freedom” to celebrate WWII veterans and give them the plane ride of their dreams. Considered “the greatest barnstorming event in US history and the first and only Dream Flight Tour dedicated to honoring the men and women who fought in the war that changed the world,” it began August 1 and continues until September 30.

Cook’s “Dream Flight” is scheduled to take off from Salina Regional Airport at 9:00 am Thursday morning. Anyone wishing to show their support is invited to gather at Fossett Plaza at the airport.

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