A WWII Air Force veteran was capable of have time his 100th birthday as soon as extra in the sky as a consequence of a nonprofit “dedicated to honoring seniors and military veterans.”

Dream Flights teamed upwith the Arkansas-based assisted dwelling facility Elmcroft of Mountain Home with a view to supply Bob Cwiak a gift he might have in no way imagined. 

Bob Cwiak taking flight for his birthday on Sept. 15, 2021 in Arkansas. 

Bob Cwiak withdrawing for his birthday on Sept. 15, 2021 in Arkansas. 
(Elmcroft of Mountain Home, geared up by Eclipse Senior Living)

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In celebration of his big day Monday, Cwiak was flown in a WWII biplane at the Baxter Regional Airport in Midway, Arkansas. 

The veteran educated Fox News that he was “taken aback” by the 22-minute expertise, saying it launched as soon as extra reminiscences of his days all by way of WWII. 

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It was his first time as soon as extra in the sky since 1963. However, 1945 was the final time he flew bombardier for the U.S. Air Force whereas stationed in Spinazzola, Italy. The bombardier stood or knelt down at the nostril of the airplane and was answerable for releasing the bombs. 

Cwiak, who in the finish turned a 1st Lieutenant, and his crew primarily flew missions over Nazi-occupied central Europe. 

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“The acceleration of being back in the air was great…the wind in my hair,” Cwiak talked about of Monday’s flight. “I would like to be up there again.” 

Bob Cwiak taking flight for his birthday on Sept. 15, 2021 in Arkansas. 

Bob Cwiak withdrawing for his birthday on Sept. 15, 2021 in Arkansas. 
(Elmcroft of Mountain Home, geared up by Eclipse Senior Living)

It’s a necessity that may possibly be granted for his birthday yearly. 

The nonprofit “actually told him when he came down that since he is turning a century old, he gets to go up every year,” Katie Hammet, healthful life director for Elmcroft of Mountain Home, educated Fox News. 

Lieutenant Robert J. Cwiak when he just returned home after WWII ended.

Lieutenant Robert J. Cwiak when he merely returned dwelling after WWII ended.
(Elmcroft of Mountain Home, geared up by Eclipse Senior Living)

Dream Flights, based totally in 2011, honors “military veterans and seniors with the adventure of a lifetime: a flight in a Boeing Stearman biplane.” 

It’s the comparable plane that was used to show navy aviators in the late Thirties and early Forties.

Bob Cwiak taking flight for his birthday on Sept. 15, 2021 in Arkansas. 

Bob Cwiak withdrawing for his birthday on Sept. 15, 2021 in Arkansas. 
(Elmcroft of Mountain Home, geared up by Eclipse Senior Living)

Correction: An earlier model of this story incorrectly talked about Second Wind Dreams was the group offering the flight. Dream Flights is the nonprofit that geared up the flight.