Frances, 87, from Marquis Springfield in Springfield, Oregon, was an avid pilot. As a pilot, Frances would often fly Cessna 205s to transport ill and injured people from one state to another for medical care. At age 42, she was unable to pass the pilot’s medical examination and was no longer able to fly. As a result, Frances had not been in a Cessna for 45 years.
Although she was unable to pilot Cessnas due to her health, this didn’t stop Frances from pursuing her passion. She later managed the Klamath Falls Airport for several years and volunteered as the caregiver on medical flights. She was also a proud member of the Ninety-Nines, an organization for licensed female pilots.
Wish of a Lifetime and Marquis were excited to grant Frances’ Wish to fly in a Cessna 182. Frances was beyond excited to fly up and away from the Creswell Hobby Field Airport and experience the thrill of flying once again. Two members of the Ninety-Nines in Independence, Oregon flew in for Frances’ flight to bid her farewell. Frances said the flight brought back “…lots of memories. I was able to hold the controls of the airplane for a while! It was the perfect flight.”
Photo credit: Mark Longstreet, Longstreet Studios