SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - A man in Suffolk had a lifelong dream with one obstacle: time. He has very little time left, but that's not stopping him from soaring to new heights with the help of a few good men.
"I can remember growing up," said Dan Bowers. "We were constantly going to airshows -- from military to old world war II type aircrafts."
Those are memories from a man about his father, Wilbur Bowers, who always aimed high and wants to reach the sky one last time.
"I kinda been waiting since I was a little bitty kid to do it. So, we're gonna do it," said Wilbur.
Bowers wanted to turn back the clock before time runs out. He wanted just one journey in a 1930s Bi Plane. One flight to a different era.
He said it was part of his bucket list, and a man named Dan Sweeny, a friend of Bowers, made it happen.
"I called Lou and asked if he'd be interested in making a charity flight, and there was not hesitation at all," said Sweeny. "He just said, 'sure, when are we going?'."
So why did pilot Lou Radwanick meet up with a 72-year-old man for one last flight over Suffolk? Bowers was diagnosed with cancer in November.
"It's going to be terminal," said Dan Bowers. "I don't know exactly when or how long or what stage it's in, but it's not curable."
As the WWII Boeing Steerman Bi Plane crept down the runway, it carried a man's dream and a lesson that life goes only as far or as high as you take it.
It's a taste of freedom that, at least for a few moments, not even cancer could take away. Wilbur was grateful for those moments away from the confines of gravity.
"It went fine! Wonderful -- everything I expected," said Wilbur.
"I love seeing smiles on people's faces, and his was a particularly big one today," said Sweeny.
That happens when you cross one more thing off your bucket list.
Sweeney, who helped organize the flight at Suffolk Regional Airport, said it only took a few phone calls to make Wilbur's wish come true. He said he'd do it everyday, if he could.
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