“The most fantastic, magical things can happen, and it all starts with a wish.” – Pinocchio
Otto Allmandinger, a resident at Central Parke Special Alzheimer’s Care Center in Mason, OH, recently had a wish granted, resulting in a magical, fantastic moment of his very own. In partnership with Hospice of Southwest Ohio, the staff at Central Parke arranged for Otto, who is 93, to sit in the pilot’s seat and take flight, one last time.
Otto was drafted by the U.S. Army at 17 years old where he served during WWII. After serving our country, he and his wife Darlene raised 7 children in Cincinnati, Ohio. Throughout his impressive career, Otto worked at both Cincinnati General Electric and Cincinnati Milicron. One of his many accomplishments was helping draft the first space shuttle. In addition to his awe-inspiring career, Otto is a humanitarian who has spent years working with victims of natural disasters. Even though he had a busy career and family, Otto’s love and passion for aviation never waned. He worked hard to obtain his private pilot’s license and has logged well over 500 hours of flight time as a pilot.
Huge thanks to George Stinson, a pilot with the Southwest Fryers Club at Lunken Airport, for the gracious donation of his time and services to help create such a Meaningful Moment for Otto.