Klamath Falls, Ore. - Monday's Memorial Day observations in Klamath Falls featured a unique flyby.
86 year old Frank Kuonen served in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific during World War II.
Pilot David Junker honored Kuonen in a special way today "Today I have the privilege of flying with Mr. Frank Kuonen, a World War II veteran."
The 1943 Fairchild PT-19 was used to train thousands of pilots during World War II...and Frank Kuonen looked right at home in the cockpit.
The high point of the Memorial Day flight was a flyby over the ceremonies in Klamath Falls to honor those who died serving their country.
"Don't have many left." Noted Kuonen, who served on the USS Burns. "The last reunion was pretty slim - and that's been several years ago. And of course, I being the youngest one on the ship, most of them are gone now."
Junker gave the flight to Kuonen as a way of saying 'Thanks'...
"Has allowed us to enjoy the benefits and freedoms that we have here today."
And while the Memorial Day observations had a serious tone, Kuonen says that the flight was really something...
"I'd do it again in a heartbeat."
You can find out more about the Fairchild PT-19, and how to schedule a flight by going to: www.flyklamath.com
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