MI women, ages 90 and 86, flying to 48 states

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WOOD) — Two Michigan women are embarking on a journey to fly to every state in the lower United States. The pilot is 90, and the co-pilot is 86 years young.

Growing up in Kalamazoo Mary Creason began flying as a young woman when her sister took off for the service to fly with the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots.

“She left Kalamazoo and said, ‘You can have the airplane, I don’t need it anymore,’” Mary said.

She’s logged a lot of hours over the years but has always had a goal in mind — to land in each of the lower 48 states and after checking with her children, she is finally on her way at the age of 90.

“So they each gave me permission, I have four children and they said, ‘Go for it, mom.’ So here we are,” said Mary.

And she won’t be alone.

“I said to Betty, ‘I need a co-pilot to go on these trips. I want to go to all 48 states,’” Mary said.

Betty is 86 years old.

On Sunday, they will fly from the Grand Haven airport over Canada to land in Rochester, New York. From there they will hit Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire.

“When I turned 80 years of age, I decided that it wasn’t real smart of me to fly by myself because you never know what can happen to an elderly person. So whenever I went flying I would take a copilot who could get the airplane down if need be,” said Mary.

Mary has become quite the trainer as well, teaching all three of her sons and grandson to fly. The two don’t have a timetable to finish their journey. They just want to enjoy the skies.

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