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Taking to the skies
Female WWII vets get ride in biplane
Womack and Patty at Plane Web
C-I WEB EXTRA: Although she ultimately decided not to climb aboard, 99-year-old Anne Kate Womack and her daughter, Patty Roberts, posed in front of a 1940s Boeing Stearman biplane that ferried at least two female World War II veterans into Kershaw Countys skies on Sept. 1. Womacks husband, Marshall, served in the Army, including a year-long tour as part of occupational forces in Japan immediately after the war. - photo by Martin L. Cahn
There had been threatening clouds earlier -- and would likely return -- but by the time Barbara Francisco and Ruth Hoyt were ready to fly on the morning of Sept. 1, the sky was a mostly clear blue. Francisco, 83, and Hoyt, 95, were among eight to 10 female residents of various Morningside Senior Living locations who traveled to Camden’s Woodward Field for the chance to ride in a fully restored, 1940s-built Boeing Stearman biplane. None of the women reside at Morningside of Camden, instead coming from the senior living center’s Sumter and Georgetown facilities.