Ted Sanderson, a World War II veteran, and Honor Flight recipient of the Madera Rotary Club, received a flight of a different kind when he climbed into the open cockpit of a World War II trainer, Monday. The aircraft, a Stearman biplane owned by local pilot Bill Hoffrage, was used extensively for flight training of fighter and bomber pilots throughout the war.
Sanderson, 93, was a member of the U.S. Army’s glider airborne infantry and fought across Europe during the war. He and Hoffrage took off and headed to the west side of the county.
“We buzzed a couple of German silage trucks,” said Hoffrage.
Returning to Madera, they flew over the old courthouse before following State Route 99 and returning to the airport. Sanderson was all smiles as he climbed down from the wing of the biplane...