Biplane rides offered for seniors and veterans

Published: Sep. 24, 2017 at 2:49 PM PDT
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is a nonprofit that takes veterans and seniors up in a vintage biplane.

"It's a 1943 Boeing Stearman and it was used to train World War II pilots," said pilot Darryl Fisher, the foundation's founder. "Once that was over they quit making them but this one is still working and giving back."

He flies deserving seniors all over the country. Home base Sunday morning was Tiger Field in Fernley. A 93-year-old woman named Diana was the first to go up.

"It was fabulous, the most wonderful time of my life," she said. "I can't believe it happened."

The Fisher family started the nonprofit seven years ago.

"The people that we fly have given us so much, they've done so many things for us, this is something to say thank you and give them a little spring in their step," Fisher said.

And watching these flights never gets old.

"It's unbelievable," said Sarah Green of Mission Senior Living. "The emotion, the appreciation, the joy; we have many that felt they'd never get back up in the air again. Others go up in honor of a loved one. It's priceless and life-changing."

"It brings tears to my eyes; the joy it brings is profound," Fisher said. "I'm just as excited today as when I started these flights."