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100-year-old Ted Giannone flies thanks to Grounded No More group

Ted Giannone is 100 years outdated, and a World War II veteran, so he’s seen some issues. But he stated he’d by no means actually seen the Superstition Mountains till Tony Anger confirmed them to him.

From above, in a historic aircraft.

“He flew inside, and I saw the inside of the mountain: the waterfalls, the mountains, the gorges, the beautiful valleys. It’s unbelievable when you see inside,” he stated, “And I thought that was a thrill.”

His expertise was the work of Grounded No More, a nonprofit group based by Anger that takes veterans on flights in historic planes. Giannone’s flight was the group’s five hundredth in a World War II-era plane.

But should you ask Giannone what it was like to be acknowledged for his service — to be greeted at his Grounded No More flight with American flags and video cameras, members of the press and an admiring crowd — he’ll say it was an excessive amount of. More than he deserved.

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