Flight Report #17

Flight Report #17
April 18-20, 2015

Honor Flight #17 – “The Jubilee Flight”

On April 18th, 72 WWII Veterans, along with 70 guardians and 7 team leaders flew out of Tucson on our 17th official Southern Arizona Honor Flight. This was our only flight scheduled this spring but we will resume our flights in the coming fall.  Since 2011, we have flown 542 WWII veterans from Tucson!  We anticipate adding Korean War Veterans to our flights in the fall – but WWII veterans will always have priority.  It is hard to believe that we have come so far in just 4 short years.  Our thanks to a very generous Southern Arizona community, job well done!


We also would like to extend our appreciation and thanks to everyone who participated in the 1st Annual “GI Jubilee” held last August at the Tucson Jewish Community Center. It is to those folks we have dedicated this entire flight. Special thanks to Tom Heath and Bancapital Home Loans, and to the Pantano Rotary Club Foundation for making the Jubilee a huge success and for helping us get this flight off the ground:

We would also like to acknowledge the following organizations and companies for their help in sponsoring veterans from our waiting list:

Sponsoring 4 veterans:
     The Trustmark Foundation
Sponsoring 3 veterans:
     County Fair White Elephant
     OTEK Corporation
     Posada Java – Green Valley Fundraiser
Sponsoring 2 veterans:
     Academy of Tucson
     BPOE East Lodge No. 2532
     Long Realty Cares Foundation
     MOAA – Coronado Chapter (Sierra Vista)
     Rincon Rotary Club Foundation
Sponsoring 1 veteran:
     American Legion Post 36
Desert Skies United Methodist Men
     FlightSafety International
     General Air Products
     MOAA – Green Valley Chapter
     Old Pueblo DAR
     Old Pueblo Gymnastics Academy
     Rotary Club of Tucson Foundation
     Southern Arizona Homebuilders Association
     Twilight Wish Foundation
Private donors sponsored 2 veterans

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We also would like to thank the following businesses and organizations who made donations to the general fund for this flight:

Tash Tonlik Court #10
National Sojourners (SAZ Chapter 273)
Title Security Agency
Tucson Chapter NSDAR
Tucson Airport Authority
The Temp Connection, LLC
Cherry Ave Neighborhood Assoc.
Sunny Daze Café
Fry’s Community Rewards Program
*If your donation is not listed above, it is being directed to an upcoming flight.

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I would like to give a special thanks to Dee Brunner, Viki Matthews and everyone at the TAA for overall coordination with our group and for providing the send-off and welcome home crowds with parking validation.  Our relationship with the American Airlines and US Airways, DM Desert Lightning Team and Color Guard, the Patriot Guard Riders, the Ft Huachuca Military Intelligence Corps Band, and the Arizona Rangers make our send-offs and returns very special for everyone in attendance.
The generosity of the entire community has enabled us to send these vets on their well-deserved trip. It is a very big effort and takes and amazing amount of collaboration to bring business, organizations, clubs, schools and volunteers together to make it all happen.  What a special group of people, and I am proud to be a part of this wonderful organization.

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