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Vietnam War Vet Flies 1940’s Open Cockpit Biplane, as seen on NC8

August 6, 2019 | Blog

MT. VERNON, Virginia (NC8)- A Vietnam Veteran and the wife of a WWII Veteran had the opportunity of a lifetime when they each flew in a restored 1940’s Boeing Stearman open cockpit biplane from World War II. Robert Nelson, who is now 74 years old, served in the United States Marine Corps 1st Marine Division for six years. He was a Vietnam War Infantryman/Battalion scout. He was joined by Edith Johnson whose husband was in the United States Marines Corps until the end of WWII. Johnson used to fly in a helicopter to outlining areas in the state to collect their bank deposits when she worked for 1st PA Bank. This flight was part of the Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation (AADF), a non-profit dedicated to honoring seniors who have served in the United States army. Each flier will receive an autographed flyer hat with the Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation emblem as a souvenir from their flight.

Johnson’s daughter Musetta, was the first African American to become a full colonel when she served in the JAG Corps (Judge Advocate General’s Corps) for 30 years. Nelson, who held the rank of SGT/E-5 while serving, was awarded a Purple Heart for being wounded in action in 1967. His daughter, Terry Nelson, was there to watch the flight.

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About Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation (AADF):

Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation (AADF) is a non-profit organization established and dedicated to

honor seniors, particularly United States military veterans by providing “Dream Flights” in a vintage,

open cockpit biplane at no cost. The primary focus is on individuals living in senior housing communities.

The mission of the Foundation is to “Give Back To Those Who Have Given.”

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