Surviving Doolittle Raider and Former SA Mayor among Local Seniors to Take Flight This Veterans Day

SAN ANTONIO--()--Lt. Col. Richard Cole, one of two surviving Doolittle Tokyo Raiders, and former San Antonio Mayor and U.S. Air Force veteran Phil Hardberger, will return to the sky for a Dream Flight on Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, at Stinson Municipal Airport in San Antonio.

The pair’s Dream Flights are two of 10 scheduled during this Veterans Day celebration, hosted by the City of San Antonio and in partnership with the Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides free Dream Flights to senior U.S. military veterans living in long-term care facilities. The Dream Flights take place in one of three fully restored Boeing Stearman biplanes, the same aircraft used to train military aviators in the early thirties and forties.

The San Antonio community is invited to attend this free celebration honoring U.S. military veterans and their families and to watch the Dream Flights. Throughout the day visitors can view 10-15 vintage military aircraft and enjoy food and beverages. Stinson Municipal Airport is located at 8535 Mission Rd, San Antonio, Texas, 78214. For more information, visit www.agelessaviationdreams.org.

The celebration begins at 9 a.m. with the presentation of colors, followed by remarks by Hardberger, Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran (District 3), Rep. Rick Galindo (District 117), and Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation Founder and President Darryl Fisher.

The Dream Flights begin at 10 a.m. The following senior U.S. military veterans are scheduled to serve as co-pilot with Fisher, a third-generation aviator:

Lt. Col. Richard Cole, 100, Pilot and Doolittle Tokyo Raider, U.S. Air Force, World War II

Cole was part of the all-volunteer Doolittle Tokyo Raiders who flew in the bombing mission over Japan in response to the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1942. He was co-pilot for Lt. Gen. Jimmy Doolittle, who organized and led the attack.

Former San Antonio Mayor Phil Hardberger, 81, Captain, U.S. Air Force

Served 1955-1959. Hardberger was an active pilot for 50 years – 7,500 hours in the air – with no safety violations, earning him the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award in 2007. He also piloted two solo single engine flights across the Atlantic Ocean, one to Paris and the other to Madrid, Spain.

Oliver “Ollie” Crawford, 90, Pilot, U.S. Air Force, World War II

U.S. Air Force veteran and P-40 fighter pilot. He is a prominent military aviation advocate and former president of the Air Force Association. He was awarded West Germany’s highest honor, the Commander’s Cross of The Order of Merit and on Sept. 4, 2015 received China’s Gold Freedom Medal in Beijing.

Additional Dream Flight recipients’ names and biographies can be found here.

Ageless Aviation recently kicked off a campaign to raise funds to purchase a fourth Boeing Stearman biplane. Appropriately named The Spirit of San Antonio, the aircraft will be based at Stinson Municipal Airport, where it can better serve the growing population of senior U.S. military veterans living in Texas and the surrounding southwest states. To join in the efforts, contact tnewton@dreamflights.org or (210) 551-3404.

About Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation

Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation is a Carson City-based, non-profit organization established in 2011. It is dedicated to honoring senior veterans from all U.S. branches living in long-term care facilities by providing free Dream Flights in one of three fully restored Boeing Stearman biplanes. Its primary sponsor is Sport Clips, the nation’s leading provider of haircuts for men and boys with more than 1,400 locations across the U.S. To learn more or to apply for a Dream Fight, visit www.agelessaviationdreams.org. Check out Twitter @AgelessAviation and Facebook.

Contacts

Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation
Wendy D’Alessandro, 561-251-3151
wendydalessandro@gmail.com
or
Evelynn Bailey, 210-207-1611
Senior Public Information Officer, San Antonio International Airport

Release Summary

Surviving Doolittle Raider and former SA Mayor among 10 senior veterans honored with Dream Flights by Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation on Veterans Day

Contacts

Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation
Wendy D’Alessandro, 561-251-3151
wendydalessandro@gmail.com
or
Evelynn Bailey, 210-207-1611
Senior Public Information Officer, San Antonio International Airport