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Tippin's love for flying included an invite to pilot a B-25

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Published on Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Aaron Tippin proudly stands in front of one of his four planes that are housed in a hangar on his Tennessee estate. Tippin flies frequently, often taking friends and associates to their destinations.

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Aaron Tippin proudly stands in front of one of his four planes that are housed in a hangar on his Tennessee estate. Tippin flies frequently, often taking friends and associates to their destinations.



Most Aaron Tippin fans know his love for flying and having a hangar with four airplanes at his Tennessee estate. Tippin will perform at the Village Hospital Family Fest on Saturday May 5.

 

GreerToday.com entertainment writer Bart Bishop learned first hand of Tippin's commitment to flying. At the end of Bishop's interview, Tippin alluded that he was flying friends to a meeting. Look for Bart's story this week on his interview with the iconic Greer entertainer.

Tippin's passion for flying and his partnership with the U.S. military entertaining troops at USO shows in foreign lands is well documented. Did you know Tippin was invited to fly a restored World War II B-25 Mitchell Bomber, also known as "Panchito" from Oshkosh, Wis., to its new home in New Orleans?

Tippin, a licensed pilot, who was scheduled to perform at a Disabled American Veterans (DAV) benefit in New Orleans, helped fly the B-25 to New Orleans and then helped load the plane onto a barge on Lake Pontchartrain.  The legendary aircraft was taken to Spanish Plaza and put on display for the DAV benefit show.

The B-25 bombers are famed for being a major force in bringing hope back to the U.S. during WWII.  It was the B-25 that Lt. Colonel James (Jimmy) Doolittle chose to use in a raid against the Japanese after their attack on Pearl Harbor.  "Doolittle's Raid" was deemed a success thanks to the sixteen B-25 bombers used in the attack.

"It was a great pleasure to be part of the team that brought 'Panchito' as a gift from the DAV to the city of New Orleans, Man…it was hot!," Tippin was quoted in reports.

Tippin is an advocate of U.S. service members and veterans. 

A Walk of Honor will take place Saturday, May 6 at the Village Hospital Greer Family Fest at City Park at 7:30 p.m. to honor active and veteran military personnel. Tippin will perform at 8 p.m.  

American flags will be distributed by the DAV to honor the veterans.

Watch Aaron Tippin's public service announcement for Help Hospitalized Veterans below.

 

Businesses mentioned in this article.

Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce, Village at Pelham Hospital

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