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Big Sky Honor Flight Takes Off

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It's the third flight of its kind in Big Sky Country.

Excitement filled Billings Logan Airport Sunday morning as 86 World War II veterans embarked to Washington D.C. Veteran Ted Eklund says it's a chance to see how his service will be remembered for years to come.

"Everybody I've talked to is really enthusiastic about the flights and I think I'm going to have a good time and really enjoy it," says Eklund.

Of the 86 on board, four are women. One named Betty Riley, who was in the Nurse Cadet Corps Program during World War II served at a Miles City hospital during a nurse home front shortage.

"Even though I didn't go I wrote hundreds and hundreds of letters to people that were overseas and the air force, and I corresponded with a lot of the guys," says Riley.

Riley is flying with her daughter, Linda Olsen. Olsen says her mother inspired her to follow in her footsteps and become a nurse.

"They were always the ones called to go in the middle of the night for all the emergency surgeries so I don't know I just felt like that was you know where I was going to fit," says Olsen.

The turnaround is quick. Shortly after landing, vets visited the Lincoln, Korean, and Vietnam memorials. The World War II memorial tour comes Monday.