Biplane gives veterans a lift

COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. - Noble Powell flew in a biplane when he was 17 with famed stunt pilot Tex Rankin.

A lifetime later, the 98-year-old Navy vet from Springfield went up in 1940s Stearman bi-plane, courtesy of Ageless Aviation Dreams.

The group sponsors biplane flights for aging veterans who live in assisted living facilities.

Gateway Living manager Mark Kinkade made arrangements for Powell and Air Force veteran Melvin Cole, 81, to take flights Friday in Cottage Grove.

It was a milestone for Cole: He spent 4 years in the Air Force but never had been in a plane of any kind until Friday.