Grounded No More
Most of the news we see on TV or the internet tends to be negative. It's nice to come across a feel-good story every now and again.
Such is the case with Mesa, AZ-based non-profit Grounded No More. Since 2016, Grounded No More, Inc. has been providing free flights for military veterans. Tony Anger, the company's owner and founder noticed earlier this year that it was approaching its 500th flight. He wanted to do something special to honor that impressive milestone.
The the honor of that 500th flight went to 100-year-old World War II veteran Ted Giannone. Late last month, Giannone, dressed in the same flight suit he wore in WWII, boarded Grounded No More's PT-26 aircraft, and took to the skies.
Giannone was an aircraft mechanic in the US Navy and a gunner on a TBF Avenger torpedo bomber. He served 20 years in the Navy in active duty and Navy Reserves. He worked at Grumman after leaving the Navy.
Giannone's was the 18th WWII veteran that Grounded No More has flown, and the fourth centenarian to make the flight.
To read more about Giannone's flight, visit https://news.azpm.org/s/95612-somebody-special-for-our-500th-ride/.
To learn more about Grounded No More, visit https://groundednomoreveteranflightlift.com.
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