99-year-old Alma veteran honored with Dream Flights biplane ride

ALMA, N.E. – “It was too damn short,” said Donald Woodruff about his Dream Flight.

Woodruff was one of two World War II veterans who took to the skies Friday morning over Alma.

Woodruff, 99, and John Hawley, 96, are residents at Good Samaritan Society - Alma, and they were selected to participate in Dream Flights’ Operation September Freedom.

The mission is to honor World War II veterans by giving them a ride in a restored Boeing Stearman biplane beginning Aug. 1 through Sept. 30.

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