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WWII Veteran Flies Again in Vintage Biplane

biplane gift of a day

Navy Veteran Samuel Northway served in World War II and then spent 23 years serving with the US Air Force Reserves.

In his younger years, he was a frequent flyer, but he always wanted to fly over his home state of Kansas.

For his Gift of a Day, his Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care team arranged for him to fly again.

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To make it even more special, Sam didn't fly in just any plane. The Commemorative Air Force at the New Center Airport of Olathe, KS set him up in a vintage bi-plane! Designed in 1934, the PT-13 Kaydet was the iconic American training aircraft of World War II. 

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After checking out a few of the other vintage planes at the airport, Sam climbed aboard and took off for the ride of a lifetime over the fields of Kansas.

Gift of a Day

The Gift of a Day program gives terminally ill patients the opportuntity to have one perfect day doing something they love. For some patients, it's a special dinner with family. For others, it's seeing their favorite musician perform one more time. For Sam, it was the chance to fly again.

To learn more about the Gift a Day program, please call 1-888-564-3405.

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