Local Air Force veteran, Larry Huddleston, to participate in Dream Flights

Larry Huddleston, age 82, has many memories of the days he spent defending the nation as a member of the United States Air Force. On Thursday, October 27th, the distinguished veteran who has been a resident of Jackson Parish since 1980 and Forest Haven Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center since 2020, will take to the skies once again.

Thanks to the collaboration between Central Management Company, which owns Forest Haven and the Dream Flights Organization, Huddleston will experience the magic of one more flight in a restored, open-cockpit Stearman biplane, the same aircraft used to train aviators during World War II. The first flight begins at 9 A.M at the Winnsboro Municipal Airport.

Dream Flights has honored more than 5,000 veterans and seniors living in long-term care communities since 2011. In 2021, Dream Flights launched Operation September Freedom, the largest barnstorming event in U.S. history and its first to honor veterans who served in a particular war. Dream Flights pilots, who primarily fly for major airlines and are active duty or retired military veterans themselves, volunteer their time to fly these veterans.

After his retirement from the Air Force, the father of four boys (Dale, Danny, David and Duane), two who live in Jackson Parish (Dale and Danny) and grandfather to seven boys and seven girls, operated heavy equipment. Huddleston is a member of Hodge Baptist Church where he attends every Sunday.

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