The History of Honor Flight Network
The inaugural Honor Flight took place in May of 2005. Six small planes flew out of Springfield, Ohio taking twelve World War II veterans on a visit to their memorial in Washington, DC. In August of 2005, an ever-expanding waiting list of veterans led our transition to commercial airline carriers with the goal of accommodating as many veterans as possible. Partnering with Honor Air in Hendersonville, North Carolina, the "Honor Flight Network" was formed. By 2017, there were 140 Honor Flight Network regional hubs across the United States. Now, Honor Flight Network is escorting WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam War veterans to see their memorials in DC. At the end of the 2017 flying season, the network has escorted over 200,000 veterans, at no cost to them, to their memorials. To learn more visit Honor Flight Network's website here.