Monday, February 25, 2013

WWII Vet Reunites with Navy Aircraft
Date: 11/15/2012 Album ID: 1568542
Photos by Tony Callaio
Strapped in and ready for take-off. Elmo Begliomini is safely secured in the SNJ Navy Trainer plane with the help of Ryan Stevens of Harvey's Lake.  TONY CALLAIO FOR THE SUNDAY DISPATCH
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With pilot Louis DeFazio at the helm, Elmo Begliomini waves good-bye on the way to the runway.  TONY CALLAIO FOR THE SUNDAY DISPATCH
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The Navy SNJ Trainer landed safely with passenger Elmo Begliomini on-board. It was the first time Elmo had been seated in an SNJ since 1944.  TONY CALLAIO FOR THE SUNDAY DISPATCH
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Upon returning from his 25-minute flight, Elmo Begliomini, 85, of Wyoming, is smiling from ear-to-ear.  TONY CALLAIO FOR THE SUNDAY DISPATCH
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Here we see Navy Veteran Elmo Begliomini deplaning the Navy SNJ Trainer with pilot Louis DeFazio looking on, aided by Ryan Stevens.  TONY CALLAIO FOR THE SUNDAY DISPATCH
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Vietnam fighter pilot Louis DeFazio, left, had the privilege of taking Navy Veteran, Elmo Begliomini on a flight aboard a Navy SNJ Trainer plane just like the one Begliomini trained on in 1943.  TONY CALLAIO FOR THE SUNDAY DISPATCH
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After his 25-minute flight aboard the Navy SNJ plane, Elmo Begliomini, describes the flight to Ron Gitkos, a fellow Navy Vet. Gitkos was one of two sponsors that allowed Elmo to take flight.  TONY CALLAIO FOR THE SUNDAY DISPATCH
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