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Veterans get dream flight in vintage biplane

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Friday eight veterans got to fly high in the sky in Cleveland. It's all a part of an event that focuses on honoring seniors and veterans across the nation.

Ageless Aviation is a non-profit that gives veterans an opportunity to relive past experiences thousands of feet in the air.

The veterans had the opportunity to sit in the co-pilot seat in a 1940’s World War II Boeing Stearman.

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It's the same aircraft used to train many military aviators, now it travels the country serving those who've served.

Eight veterans climbed aboard and soared above the Tennessee valley.

Jack Gish was drafted in 1942 and served through 1944, he says this was an experience he’s been waiting decades for.

"I’ve never had an opportunity to fly. I’ve had opportunities where I saw them flying but this is my first time getting to experience this, so it's quite an experience,” Gish said.

For some veterans, memories of combat aren't ones they want to remember. Decades later they still think about them from time to time, but they say it's memories of serving the country they hold close.

This is the 4th time the Ageless Aviation has visited the Tennessee Valley. Since the organization started they've taken more than 1,500 veterans on flights nationwide. 

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