WWII Air Force veteran Bob Cwiak just took flight for his 100th birthday in an effort for it to be his best birthday present ever. Dream Flights teamed up with the Arkansas-based assisted living facility Elmcroft of Mountain Home in order to make this “dream” happen.
The nonprofit is “dedicated to honoring seniors and military veterans.” As a result, Cwiak was flown in a WWII biplane at the Baxter Regional Airport in Midway, Arkansas for his birthday.
Bob Cwiak takes the skies once again
The WWII veteran told Fox News that he was taken aback by the experience, which lasted 22 minutes long and brought him back to his flying days in the Air Force. It was actually his first time back in the sky since 1963.
“The acceleration of being back in the air was great…the wind in my hair,” he said of the flight. “I would like to be up there again.”
It will happen each year for his birthday from here on out
It’s now become a wish that will be granted for his birthday every year. Katie Hammet, healthy lifestyles director for Elmcroft of Mountain Home, tells Fox News that the nonprofit “actually told him when he came down that since he is turning a century old, he gets to go up every year.”
Dream Flights was founded in 2011, and it was the same aircraft used to train military aviators in the late 1930s and early 1940s. A very happy 100th birthday to Bob Cwiak!