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Cypress Springs Gracious Retirement Living residents Melvin Pettis and Joe Abrams follow Darryl Fisher, the founder, president and pilot for Dream Flights, and fellow Cypress Springs resident Chip Tominelli to the plane.

Dream Flights honors Lakewood Ranch veterans

Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021 |

Cypress Springs Gracious Retirement Living residents Melvin Pettis and Joe Abrams follow Darryl Fisher, the founder, president and pilot for Dream Flights, and fellow Cypress Springs resident Chip Tominelli to the plane.

Chip Tominelli, who is a Cypress Springs Gracious Retirement Living resident and World War II veteran, gives a smile and a thumbs up before he takes off in the Spirit of Wisconsin, a Boeing-Stearman biplane built in 1943.

Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021 |

Chip Tominelli, who is a Cypress Springs Gracious Retirement Living resident and World War II veteran, gives a smile and a thumbs up before he takes off in the Spirit of Wisconsin, a Boeing-Stearman biplane built in 1943.

Cypress Springs Gracious Retirement Living residents and veterans Chip Tominelli, Joe Abrams and Melvin Pettis all loved their flights around the Sarasota area.

Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021 |

Cypress Springs Gracious Retirement Living residents and veterans Chip Tominelli, Joe Abrams and Melvin Pettis all loved their flights around the Sarasota area.

Joe Abrams, who is a Cypress Springs Gracious Retirement Living resident and Korean War veteran, waves goodbye as he takes off for his flight.

Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021 |

Joe Abrams, who is a Cypress Springs Gracious Retirement Living resident and Korean War veteran, waves goodbye as he takes off for his flight.

Darryl Fisher, the founder, president and pilot for Dream Flights, and Melvin Pettis, a Cypress Springs Gracious Retirement Living resident and veteran, laugh together after their flight.

Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021 |

Darryl Fisher, the founder, president and pilot for Dream Flights, and Melvin Pettis, a Cypress Springs Gracious Retirement Living resident and veteran, laugh together after their flight.

Chip Tominelli, who is a Cypress Springs Gracious Retirement Living resident and World War II veteran, waves to his fellow residents and veterans after landing. "I'm back on the ground," Tominelli says.

Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021 |

Chip Tominelli, who is a Cypress Springs Gracious Retirement Living resident and World War II veteran, waves to his fellow residents and veterans after landing. "I'm back on the ground," Tominelli says.

Darryl Fisher, the founder, president and pilot for Dream Flight, gives Chip Tominelli, a Cypress Springs Gracious Retirement Living resident and World War II veteran, a Dream Flights hat to commemorate their trip in the sky.

Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021 |

Darryl Fisher, the founder, president and pilot for Dream Flight, gives Chip Tominelli, a Cypress Springs Gracious Retirement Living resident and World War II veteran, a Dream Flights hat to commemorate their trip in the sky.

Melvin Pettis, a Cypress Springs Gracious Retirement Living resident and Navy veteran, gives a thumbs up as Darryl Fisher, the founder, president and pilot for Dream Flights, puts on a World War II pilot's helmet.

Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021 |

Melvin Pettis, a Cypress Springs Gracious Retirement Living resident and Navy veteran, gives a thumbs up as Darryl Fisher, the founder, president and pilot for Dream Flights, puts on a World War II pilot's helmet.

Joe Abrams, a Cypress Springs Gracious Retirement Living resident and Korean War veteran, signs the Spirit of Wisconsin.

Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021 |

Joe Abrams, a Cypress Springs Gracious Retirement Living resident and Korean War veteran, signs the Spirit of Wisconsin.

Darryl Fisher, the founder, president and pilot for Dream Flights, shakes hands with Joe Abrams, who's a Cypress Springs Gracious Retirement Living resident and Army veteran, as Abrams thanks him for the flight.

Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021 |

Darryl Fisher, the founder, president and pilot for Dream Flights, shakes hands with Joe Abrams, who's a Cypress Springs Gracious Retirement Living resident and Army veteran, as Abrams thanks him for the flight.

Melvin Pettis, a Cypress Springs Gracious Retirement Living resident and veteran, and Darryl Fisher, the founder, president and pilot for Dream Flights, take off in the Spirit of Wisconsin.

Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021 |

Melvin Pettis, a Cypress Springs Gracious Retirement Living resident and veteran, and Darryl Fisher, the founder, president and pilot for Dream Flights, take off in the Spirit of Wisconsin.

The Spirit of Wisconsin takes off from Dolphin Aviation.

Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021 |

The Spirit of Wisconsin takes off from Dolphin Aviation.

Chip Tominelli, a Cypress Springs Gracious Retirement Living resident and World War II veteran, and Darryl Fisher, the founder, president and pilot for Dream Flights, take off in the Spirit of Wisconsin.

Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021 |

Chip Tominelli, a Cypress Springs Gracious Retirement Living resident and World War II veteran, and Darryl Fisher, the founder, president and pilot for Dream Flights, take off in the Spirit of Wisconsin.

Joe Abrams, Melvin Pettis, Darryl Fisher and Chip Tominelli can't wait to fly around Sarasota in the Spirit of Wisconsin.

Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021 |

Joe Abrams, Melvin Pettis, Darryl Fisher and Chip Tominelli can't wait to fly around Sarasota in the Spirit of Wisconsin.

Darryl Fisher, the founder, president and pilot for Dream Flights, signs a Dream Flights hat for Joe Abrams, a Cypress Springs Gracious Retirement Living resident and Korean War veteran.

Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021 |

Darryl Fisher, the founder, president and pilot for Dream Flights, signs a Dream Flights hat for Joe Abrams, a Cypress Springs Gracious Retirement Living resident and Korean War veteran.

Joe Abrams, who's a Cypress Springs Gracious Retirement Living resident and Korean War veteran, gives a thumbs up. "This will be a new experience, and when you get to be this old, you don't have many new experiences," Abrams said.

Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021 |

Joe Abrams, who's a Cypress Springs Gracious Retirement Living resident and Korean War veteran, gives a thumbs up. "This will be a new experience, and when you get to be this old, you don't have many new experiences," Abrams said.

Joe Abrams, who's a Cypress Springs Gracious Retirement Living resident and Korean War veteran, relaxes in the cockpit before he takes off in the Spirit of Wisconsin.

Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021 |

Joe Abrams, who's a Cypress Springs Gracious Retirement Living resident and Korean War veteran, relaxes in the cockpit before he takes off in the Spirit of Wisconsin.

Joe Abrams, who's a Cypress Springs Gracious Retirement Living resident and Korean War veteran, talks to Darryl Fisher, the founder, president and pilot for Dream Flights, about his time in the war.

Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021 |

Joe Abrams, who's a Cypress Springs Gracious Retirement Living resident and Korean War veteran, talks to Darryl Fisher, the founder, president and pilot for Dream Flights, about his time in the war.

John Swan with Dream Flights straps Joe Abrams, a Cypress Springs Gracious Retirement Living resident and Korean War veteran, into the Spirit of Wisconsin, which is a nine-cylinder Stearman open cockpit biplane.

Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021 |

John Swan with Dream Flights straps Joe Abrams, a Cypress Springs Gracious Retirement Living resident and Korean War veteran, into the Spirit of Wisconsin, which is a nine-cylinder Stearman open cockpit biplane.

John Swan with Dream Flights, holds onto a poster that Melvin Pettis, a Cypress Springs Gracious Retirement Living resident and Navy veteran, signs while Darryl Fisher, the president and founder of Dream Flights, watches.

Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021 |

John Swan with Dream Flights, holds onto a poster that Melvin Pettis, a Cypress Springs Gracious Retirement Living resident and Navy veteran, signs while Darryl Fisher, the president and founder of Dream Flights, watches.

Darryl Fisher, the founder and president of Dream Flights, loves meeting veterans like Cypress Springs Gracious Retirement Living resident Melvin Pettis, who served in from 1946 to 1948.

Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021 |

Darryl Fisher, the founder and president of Dream Flights, loves meeting veterans like Cypress Springs Gracious Retirement Living resident Melvin Pettis, who served in from 1946 to 1948.

Melvin Pettis, a Cypress Springs Gracious Retirement Living resident and Navy veteran, is ready for his Dream Flight. Pettis has never flown in a World War II open cockpit biplane.

Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021 |

Melvin Pettis, a Cypress Springs Gracious Retirement Living resident and Navy veteran, is ready for his Dream Flight. Pettis has never flown in a World War II open cockpit biplane.

Melvin Pettis, a Navy veteran, talks to Darryl Fisher with Dream Flights about his time as a civil rights activist after serving in the Navy. Pettis met Martin Luther King Jr. and John F. Kennedy.

Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021 |

Melvin Pettis, a Navy veteran, talks to Darryl Fisher with Dream Flights about his time as a civil rights activist after serving in the Navy. Pettis met Martin Luther King Jr. and John F. Kennedy.

Chip Tominelli, a Cypress Springs Gracious Retirement Living resident and World War II veteran, signs the Spirit of Wisconsin.

Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021 |

Chip Tominelli, a Cypress Springs Gracious Retirement Living resident and World War II veteran, signs the Spirit of Wisconsin.

The Spirit of Wisconsin flies World War II veteran Chip Tominelli around Sarasota.

Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021 |

The Spirit of Wisconsin flies World War II veteran Chip Tominelli around Sarasota.

Chip Tominelli, a Cypress Springs Gracious Retirement Living resident and World War II veteran, smiles as Darryl Fisher, the founder, president and pilot for Dream Flights, puts a World War II pilot helmet on Tominelli.

Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021 |

Chip Tominelli, a Cypress Springs Gracious Retirement Living resident and World War II veteran, smiles as Darryl Fisher, the founder, president and pilot for Dream Flights, puts a World War II pilot helmet on Tominelli.

John Swan and Darryl Fisher with Dream Flights helps Chip Tominelli, a World War II veteran who turns 100 on Oct. 8 get into the plane.

Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021 |

John Swan and Darryl Fisher with Dream Flights helps Chip Tominelli, a World War II veteran who turns 100 on Oct. 8 get into the plane.

The Spirit of America was built in 1943 and was used to train military aviators during World War II. The plane now takes veterans on Dream Flights.

Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021 |

The Spirit of America was built in 1943 and was used to train military aviators during World War II. The plane now takes veterans on Dream Flights.

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