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Local veteran gets trip into the sky

STEVENS POINT (WAOW) -- A local Stevens Point veteran took a trip into the sky as a gift for his service in World War II.

"It's a heck of a lot of fun to get up there and see the world," said Frank Bauer, an 88-year-old Stevens Point resident.

And it's not something many people his age get to do.

"Most people at 88 aren't up to flying an airplane," said Bauer.

Bauer arrived at the Stevens Point Municipal Airport on Friday morning, ready to take to the sky. Surrounded by family, friends, and the mayor, he stepped into a historic bi-plane to make another memory.

"It's unbelievable," said Bauer. "It's beyond anybody's imagination to get this many people coming out and helping you get along."

The flight was provided by Ageless Aviation Dreams, a foundation sharing the joy of flying with seniors and veterans.

"It sends chills up my spine knowing what they've done for our country, and the fact that I can give just a little bit back to them and recognize them for that," said Darryl Fisher, who flew the plane for Frank Bauer's trip around Stevens Point.

Fisher says taking Frank in the plane was an honor.

"Frank is the hero, and the other veterans are the heroes," said Fisher. "I'm lucky to get to do this. They're the ones that have sacrificed and given and it's just a pleasure to be able to give a little bit back."

You can nominate someone for the dream flight through Ageless Aviation Dreams. For more information, visit http://www.agelessaviationdreams.org/Home_Page.html.

Online Reporter: Daniel Woodruff

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