The Quest for the Spirit of Wisconsin
From California to Florida to Massachusetts to Washington, AADF’s vintage aircraft land at local airports, near long-term care facilities, where senior veterans take flight and come alive with memories.
On Memorial Day, 2015, we were honored to give our 1000th Dream Flight in Minneapolis. The story was featured on two national news segments which you can view at the following links:
Dream flights: veterans treated to rides in vintage war planes and
War veterans take to the sky. October of 2016, we honored our 2,000th Dream Flight in Oxford, Mississippi, the same location our very first Dream Flight was given in 2011.
AADF has honored hundreds of senior veterans with a Dream Flight each year and will continue providing flights well into the future. To accomplish this, the Foundation hopes to acquire a fourth aircraft and have it based in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. The aircraft will appropriately be named, the “Spirit of Wisconsin.” This additional plane will allow us to better serve the ever-growing senior veteran population in this region of the country, and will allow for more efficient coordination between the nationwide requests for Dream Flights and our ability to provide those flights in a timely manner. You can help make this happen.
Our goal is to raise $125,000 to purchase and initially operate a Boeing Stearman biplane – appropriately named “Spirit of Wisconsin” – with the inaugural Dream Flight to occur at the Stevens Point Municipal Airport.
Following the media coverage surrounding an AADF event at the Stevens Point Municipal airport, in June 2015 the Foundation was approached by a broad-based private group of citizens with the idea of purchasing and basing a Stearman aircraft in Stevens Point. A Wisconsin-based aircraft would enable AADF to greatly increase the number of flights provided in the central United States.
This private group of citizens includes local business leaders, grassroots contributors, and volunteers at AADF – all of whom have stepped forward to not only give their time to this worthy cause, but have contributed their own money toward making the Spirit of Wisconsin a reality.
Please join us in our efforts to bring the Spirit of Wisconsin to the central region of the United States.