WALLA WALLA — A local family’s project will allow a group of veterans to take flight Saturday, weather permitting.
At least 10 veterans will be given rides in a 1942 PT-17 Boeing Stearman, a World War II-era biplane owned by Mark Small. The flights are part of the Small family’s Honour Project, intended to show appreciation to all who have served.
According to Small, this year’s goal is to conduct flights between May and October. Last year 58 veterans took advantage of the opportunity to fly in the open-cockpit aircraft and twice that number have already registered to do so this year.
The event is manned by volunteers from the American Veterans Jonathan M. Wainwright Post 1111 in Walla Walla and Small will be piloting the aircraft, which is hangared at Walla Walla Regional Airport.
As part of the day’s activities, veterans and their sponsors will be welcomed by the volunteers and served lunch.
Small said donations are being accepted to help cover food, advertising and aircraft expenses. Donations may be made to the Amvets Post 1111, P.O. Box 2535, Walla Walla, WA, 99362.