BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Jim Macris and Tony Santiago each fought on the entrance traces for our nation throughout World Struggle II – almost 80 years in the past.
This Tuesday, they have been celebrated by Dream Flights – a nationwide nonprofit that refurbishes WWII period plane, trains groups of flight crews, after which takes veterans on the flight of their life.
Family and friends gathered to observe as each males have been slowed hoisted into the plane, fitted with WWII-era gear, and despatched off into the sky.
“I’ve by no means gotten that feeling wherever else…I cherished it…That was the height,” mentioned Tony Santiago, a former World Struggle II Sargent.
“I had a lot enjoyable! Different folks ought to completely do that,” mentioned Jim Macris, one other veteran honored.
Flights final about twenty minutes – with submit actions together with a ceremonial signing of the aircraft, in addition to a signed hat from the captain. On this case, it was Tim “Fortunate” Newton, who additionally served within the Air Pressure for a few years.
“I wish to go once more!” shouted Santiago from the aircraft upon touchdown.
Each Santiago and Macris have been the 2 Buffalo residents that have been sponsored by this system on its nationwide tour. The aircraft’s subsequent cease is in Albany, then a number of different spots in New York, earlier than being flown again down South for upkeep and different visits.
When you or somebody you like is trying to be part of the Dream Flight program, the hyperlink could be discovered here.