Editor, the Times:
A 60-year-plus dream came true for me on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012 at the Abbotsford Airshow.
I had the privilege of flying in the B-25 Bomber "Grumpy." To my utter amazement I also had an added bonus of being escorted on that flight by two Harvards in a 'Heritage Pass' above the Abbotsford Airport.
My pilot, Vera Martinovich, is one of only four women in the world who fly the B-25.
As a child I followed the war news and fell in love with the 'Warbirds' as they call them now.
My heart vividly recalls living in Moose Jaw (in the 1950s) with the NATO base drone of Harvards while watching them with sheer delight. My grandmother's house was a United Nations on Sundays, so you can understand how this was a wish come true.
Thanks to my daughter, Nathalie and son-in-law Len who invited me to go with them to the Presidents Club. The volunteers and staff were awesome.
There is one special lady one whom I cannot mention as I have no authority, but when she found out how disappointed I was that Grumpy was on the flight line and unavailable for seeing her in the static display, she arranged for me to meet the pilot owner, which I thought was the highlight of my day.
Unbeknownst to me, in the background my family, the co-ordinator of the Presidents Club and the pilot of the Grumpy B25 were planning my dream of a lifetime.
The rest, as they say, is history.
I wish to thank all the crew and staff of the Historic Flight Foundation for being for being so courteous and making this wonderful memory so enjoyable for me.
The flight was absolutely the most special day of my life!
Abbotsford Air Show (created a) once in a life time dream come true surprise flight for an almost 80-yearold little lady.
Louise Antypowich Mission