Local WWII veterans take Dream Flights

BEATRICE, N.E., – Two 99-year-old World War II veterans got to relive their youth at Beatrice Municipal Airport while taking a Dream Flight in a 1942 white Stearman biplane.

The first flight was taken by Kensington resident and Beatrice native, Franklin Damrow.

The second flight was taken by Good Samaritan Society - Samaritan Springs resident and Adams native, Willie Harms.

“That’s the kind of things they remember,” Trudy Spicer said. “They remember what they did when they were young, and all the fun things they did and their families, so it’s important to keep alive all the spirit that they had, and just keep that going in their later years.”

After flying, both veterans were treated like celebrities, shaking hands and taking pictures with attendees. The pilot, Scott DeLong, even gave them a Dream Flights hat, and asked them to sign a poster and the tail of the plane.

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