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108-Year-Old Female WW2 Veteran Opts Out Of Honorary Bi-Plane Flight At The Last Minute, Yet Still Amazing

April 19, 2016

A 108-year old female World War II veteran who served in the Coast Guard was given a chance of a lifetime to fly in a World War II-era bi-plane Boeing Stearman in honor of her service.


Lynn Balmer was a coder in the U.S Coast Guard while stationed in Seattle after enlisting in the 1940s. According to the Chico Enterprise-Record, she originally enlisted during World War II whilst achieving the rank of lieutenant.

Lynn’s flight was scheduled to take off this past Monday morning out of her hometown of Chico, California, roughly 90 miles north of Sacramento.

Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation, a nonprofit organization that pays respect to military veterans and seniors, was able to make this happen when the organizations president, Darryl Fisher, decided to restore a 1940’s Boeing Stearman. This is the same kind of plane that was used in World War II to train military pilots.

Moments before take-off, Lynn opted to turn down the opportunity and when asked why she did not want to fly, she simply stated “I don’t need it.”

Hats off to Lynn!

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