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Logansport WWII veteran takes final flight

"He'll talk about this forever"
Wilbur Trinen
Posted at 7:07 PM, Nov 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-18 19:32:05-05

LOGANSPORT — One final flight. It is the only thing a Logansport World War II veteran wanted to do when asked his last wish. This week, Wilbur Trinen got the chance to take to the skies.

On Tuesday morning, the 98-year-old flew with his nurse, Julie and a volunteer pilot over Logansport leaving from the Logansport/Cass County Airport.

Aviation is truly the Army veteran’s passion. During WWII, Trinen worked as a topographer and once he returned back home, he worked at Grissom Air Force Base as a Leader with the Civil Air Patrol.

Trinen said he wanted to fly since he was a child. In 1959, he took his first solo flight and from then on, owned eight different planes. He also served on the board at the Logansport/Cass County Airport.

In a Zoom interview, Trinen said he and his friends pitched in $1,000 each to purchase a shared plane in the ‘50s.

“We were called the ‘Flying Farmers,’“ Trinen recalled.

The Logansport native lives with his 93-year-old wife, Jean, at McKinney Place. The staff there and Physiocare Hospice together granted Trinen’s last wish to fly once again on Tuesday.

“Well, what's not to like? I mean everything came off real good. The weather cooperated and I think God’s on my side,” Trinen said.

West Lafayette-based flight instructor Jason Snow volunteered to be Trinen’s pilot for the trip around Logansport.

“Wilbur and other WWII veterans, as Americans I think we owe them a lot. And then his history in aviation. Those were the years that pilots basically made our airspace and allowed me to be a pilot who can fly safely and efficiently in the sky, so I felt like I had a lot to give back to Wilbur,” Snow said.