During its recent Fish With a Hero event, volunteer pilots from the Experimental Aircraft Association (“EAA”) Chapter 1241 provided a breathtaking flight experience to 7 wounded vets and volunteers from Project Healing Waters. One veteran commented, “It was nostalgic to ride in a vintage biplane, it took me back in history. The scenery of Marathon and Pigeon Key from the air was absolutely amazing.”
Vets were flown by pilots Peter Bruno, Evan Doumis and Steve Walters. Planning and coordination was provided by Ed Waldorf, Lou Condas and Tony D’Aiuto.
EAA Chapter 1241 serves the Florida Keys and has approximately 200 members – commercial, military, private pilots and enthusiasts share their common interest of flight. The club members built and operate an Air Museum at the Marathon Airport, complete with lots of aviation history, a Beech 18 and a DC 3 from Ozark Airlines. Chapter 1241 is proud to have provided scholarships to a number of young men and women over the years– many of whom have earned their private pilot certificates in the Florida Keys and have moved on to careers in military and civilian aviation.
Fish With a Hero ( fishwithahero.com ) is a combined effort of Project Healing Waters and Florida Keys businesses, individuals and veterans organizations. Each year, Fish With a Hero brings 30 to 40 wounded soldiers and vets to Pigeon Key for two days of fishing and flying over the waters of our beautiful Florida Keys.