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Luceine Penne, 95, WWII veteran, rides in vintage airplane

Penne is strapped in the front seat of the Stearman bi-plane for his ride Saturday.
Luceine Penne, 95, is one of very few living veterans of both the World War II and Korean War eras.
The Wheeler County native was first drafted into the U.S. Army in 1944, and then after World War II ended, he was called to serve again in the Army Reserves during the Korean War.
In appreciation for his service, Luceine received a ride on board a vintage Stearman bi-plane on Saturday afternoon, Aug. 28, at the Albion Airport.
When interviewed at Cloverlodge Care Center in St. Edward, he said he didn’t know if he wanted an airplane ride, but he got into the seat ahead of pilot Scot Delong of Geneva, who taxied on the runway with Luceine on board Saturday.
His opportunity was courtesy of Dream Flights, based in Carson City, NV. That organization honors members of the Greatest Generation by boarding them in the passenger seat of a restored open-cockpit bi-plane. It is up to the veteran whether they want to fly or not.
Luceine was nominated for this experience by Life Enrichment Coordinator Sylvia Rutten of Cloverlodge.
Complete story in the Sept. 1 Albion News/Boone Co. Tribune, print and e-editions.
Luceine in his room at Cloverlodge.