At 95, Roger Dawson flies again!

Roger Dawson, 95, immediately joined the Navy after he heard that the Japanese had hit Pearl Harbor. Roger was in the middle of pursuing his college degree when the call to duty came, and he dropped everything to defend his country. Roger soon became a pilot in the Navy, flying all across Europe and training others. when his first child was born, Roger left the Navy in 1946, At that point, he began integrating himself into civilian life again and worked hard to give back and support his family. He has never regretted the decision to leave the Navy and take care of his family, he still misses flying in an airplane. 

After almost 70 years, Roger wished to return to the air and to feel the freedom of flying once again. Wish of a Lifetime and Brookdale Senior Living were absolutely thrilled to be granting Roger’s wish and honor his illustrious career in the air. Roger boarded the SNJ 5 and took a 30-minute flight in front of his friends and family. Not only did Roger enjoy being on the plane, he was also given the opportunity to actually fly the plane. Captain Trey Hayden let Roger fly the plane on his own, and Roger reportedly handled it like a true pro. Roger described this day as perfect and his family told Wish of a Lifetime how special it was to see their dad live his dream.

Photo credit: Michael Blackwell and Mike Hessing 

Special thanks to Texan Warbird Adventures