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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh RSS Feed'Honor Flight' takes off Thursday
Thursday morning, July 29, at about 8 a.m., a special American Airlines yellow-ribbon 737 aircraft, “Flagship Liberty,” will depart Wittman Regional Airport with some 80 World War II veterans aboard, bound for Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C. There the veterans will embark on a daylong tour of memorials honoring the sacrifices they made preserving freedom.

Called an Old Glory Honor Flight, this special trip is a joint effort by EAA, American Airlines, and the Honor Flight Network. Veterans will visit the World War II Memorial, Iwo Jima Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Air Force Memorial, and the Vietnam Wall.
It’s one of hundreds of activities composing EAA’s weeklong “Salute to Veterans” commemoration at AirVenture 2010.

“All of us at American Airlines are excited to be a part of this year’s EAA AirVenture, and especially to have the opportunity to fly some of our nation’s greatest treasures—World War II veterans—to see their memorial in Washington, D.C.,” said Capt. Steve Blankenship, managing director—Veterans Initiatives for American Airlines. “It is an honor to serve the members of the ‘greatest generation’ who have given so much for this country.”

The Old Glory Honor Flight veterans will return to AirVenture later that day, about 6 p.m., when they will receive a welcome home reception many did not receive after returning from overseas more than six decades ago.

“Adding the Old Glory Honor Flight to AirVenture is a natural fit with this year’s ‘Salute to Veterans’ theme,” said Tom Poberezny, EAA chairman/president and AirVenture chairman. “We are honored to partner with American Airlines and the Honor Flight Network, giving these heroes the opportunity to see the sites dedicated to their service and allowing them to receive the recognition they deserve.”

Old Glory Honor Flight is the Northeast Wisconsin hub of the Honor Flight Network, which recognizes World War II veterans for sacrifices and achievements by providing a memorable, safe, and rewarding tour of Washington, D.C., memorials at no cost. Additional information on the Old Glory Honor Flight is available at www.OldGloryHonorFlight.org.

“Flagship Liberty” is scheduled to arrive at AirVenture at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, July 28, and be staged at AeroShell Square, where it will be available for tours throughout the day.

FUTURE AIRVENTURE DATES: 2014: July 28-Aug. 3; 2015: July 20-26; 2016: July 25-31; 2017: July 24-30
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