Surviving Doolittle Raider and Former SA Mayor among Local Seniors to Take Flight This Veterans Day

SAN ANTONIO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Lt. Col. Richard Cole, one of two surviving Doolittle Tokyo Raiders, and
former San Antonio Mayor and U.S. Air Force veteran Phil Hardberger,
will return to the sky for a Dream Flight on Veterans Day, Wednesday,
Nov. 11, 2015, at Stinson Municipal Airport in San Antonio.

The pair’s Dream Flights are two of 10 scheduled during this Veterans
Day celebration, hosted by the City of San Antonio and in partnership
with the Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation, a non-profit organization
that provides free Dream Flights to senior U.S. military veterans living
in long-term care facilities. The Dream Flights take place in one of
three fully restored Boeing Stearman biplanes, the same aircraft used to
train military aviators in the early thirties and forties.

The San Antonio community is invited to attend this free celebration
honoring U.S. military veterans and their families and to watch the
Dream Flights. Throughout the day visitors can view 10-15 vintage
military aircraft and enjoy food and beverages. Stinson Municipal
Airport is located at 8535 Mission Rd, San Antonio, Texas, 78214. For
more information, visit

The celebration begins at 9 a.m. with the presentation of colors,
followed by remarks by Hardberger, Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran
(District 3), Rep. Rick Galindo (District 117), and Ageless Aviation
Dreams Foundation Founder and President Darryl Fisher.

The Dream Flights begin at 10 a.m. The following senior U.S.
military veterans are scheduled to serve as co-pilot with Fisher, a
third-generation aviator:

Lt. Col. Richard Cole, 100, Pilot and Doolittle Tokyo Raider, U.S.
Air Force, World War II

Cole was part of the all-volunteer Doolittle Tokyo Raiders who flew in
the bombing mission over Japan in response to the attack on Pearl Harbor
in 1942. He was co-pilot for Lt. Gen. Jimmy Doolittle, who organized and
led the attack.

Former San Antonio Mayor Phil Hardberger, 81, Captain, U.S. Air Force

Served 1955-1959. Hardberger was an active pilot for 50 years – 7,500
hours in the air – with no safety violations, earning him the Wright
Brothers Master Pilot Award in 2007. He also piloted two solo single
engine flights across the Atlantic Ocean, one to Paris and the other to
Madrid, Spain.

Oliver “Ollie” Crawford, 90, Pilot, U.S. Air Force, World War II

U.S. Air Force veteran and P-40 fighter pilot. He is a prominent
military aviation advocate and former president of the Air Force
Association. He was awarded West Germany’s highest honor, the
Commander’s Cross of The Order of Merit and on Sept. 4, 2015 received
China’s Gold Freedom Medal in Beijing.

Additional Dream Flight recipients’ names and biographies can be found here.

Ageless Aviation recently kicked off a campaign to raise funds to
purchase a fourth Boeing Stearman biplane. Appropriately named The
Spirit of San Antonio
, the aircraft will be based at Stinson
Municipal Airport, where it can better serve the growing population of
senior U.S. military veterans living in Texas and the surrounding
southwest states. To join in the efforts, contact
or (210) 551-3404.

About Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation

Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation is a Carson City-based, non-profit
organization established in 2011. It is dedicated to honoring senior
veterans from all U.S. branches living in long-term care facilities by
providing free Dream Flights in one of three fully restored Boeing
Stearman biplanes. Its primary sponsor is Sport
, the nation’s leading provider of haircuts for men and boys
with more than 1,400 locations across the U.S. To learn more or to apply
for a Dream Fight, visit
Check out Twitter @AgelessAviation
and Facebook.


Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation
Wendy D’Alessandro,
Bailey, 210-207-1611
Senior Public Information Officer, San Antonio
International Airport