WICHITA, Kan. (AP) A 101-year-old man is expected to become the oldest to fly out of Kansas through a program that sends World War II veterans to see the war’s memorial in Washington.
The Wichita Eagle reports that Sam Maier says his bags are already packed for his Honor Flight. When he departs Sept. 26, he’ll break the record set just last month by Don Revert, who was nearly 100 on his trip.
The Honor Flight program is a national grass-roots effort that began sending World War II veterans to Washington in 2005.
Maier was 30 in early 1942 when he was drafted by the Army. He served in the newly created Army Air Corps as a military police officer. His family says he was never sent overseas during the war.