Stevens Point community welcomes Spirit of Wisconsin
For the City Times
Historic WWII biplane was purchased and restored using funds raised by local volunteers, local WWII veteran to receive inaugural Dream Flight
STEVENS POINT — Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation (AADF) is dedicating its fourth Stearman, named the Spirit of Wisconsin, at a dedication ceremony on June 19. The iconic yellow 1943 Stearman biplane once used to train aviators during WWII was purchased and restored by AADF using funds raised by Stevens Point and Waupaca area volunteers and area businesses. It will be based year-round at Stevens Point Municipal Airport and used to honor veterans living in the Midwest.
Following the dedication ceremony, AADF founder Darryl Fisher will give the inaugural Dream Flight to World War II veteran Eddie Lamken, 93, whose first Dream Flight in 2016 inspired a community to raise $125,000 so AADF could purchase the biplane.
Seven additional veterans, including a 93-year-old WWII veteran who trained in a Stearman, will receive Dream Flights as well. The event kicks off an eight-city Spirit of Wisconsin Dedication Tour to honor seniors and veterans living in long-term care communities in Wisconsin.
WHEN: Wednesday, June 19, 2019
9 a.m. Spirit of Wisconsin Donor Appreciation Breakfast (not open to public)
11 a.m. Dedication Ceremony (open to public)
Noon, Inaugural Dream Flight, followed by 7 additional Dream Flights
WHERE: Stevens Point Municipal Airport – Noel Hangar, 4501 WI-66, Stevens Point