ROSEBURG, Ore. -- The sun was shining on Tuesday morning, as members of the Southern Oregon Warbirds gathered at the Roseburg Regional Airport, 11 years to the day that four planes changed American history forever.
The veterans and their family members spent a lot of time in planes during wars and conflicts.
Now that their careers defending the country are long past, some haven't flown in decades.
On Tuesday morning, that changed.
Ageless Aviation Dreams Flight is a non-profit organization that offers to take veterans for a spin.
Bill Fisher of Ageless Aviation told KPIC News just how thankful he is to be able to give back to those who have served our country. "I'll tell you, they mean about everything to me," he said. "We owe the others, the Warbirds here that were basically willing to give their lives for the type of life that we're able to enjoy now. I can't thank them enough."
Bill and his family started Ageless Aviation because they wanted to give back to those who have served.
One of those people, Tony Zarbano, took his flight in plane from 1943. Tony served in both the Navy and the Army, and was also the Sheriff for Coos County for several years.
After decades of defending the country both overseas and at home, Zarbano says he was excited to take part in the ride, and proud to be there with others who had served as well. "We can continue to press on for the people that died. I think that it's their day too," Zarbano said.