Second-oldest Pearl Harbor survivor, Jim Downing, dies at 104

Honor Flight community, we celebrate the life of Pearl Harbor survivor Jim Downing, who passed on Friday, February 16th. Many of our volunteers were able to meet and greet Jim when he visited DC and the WWII Memorial last year. You can read more about Jim’s extraordinary life below. We honor his life and service.


The 2018 Honor Flight DCA Schedule is HERE!

Our 2018 Schedule is now available to our wonderful team of volunteers! Hooray!
Our first flight (for now) is scheduled for March 3 — we are so excited to have our Veterans back in DC!

As you find flights that you’d like to greet, please use the “REQUEST YOUR GAP HERE” link for that flight to request a gate pass to get through security. After each sign up, you will receive an email confirming that the information has been captured — please confirm the accuracy of the information! You will receive a confirmation email 24 hours prior to the flight confirming whether the GAP has been honored (at the discretion of the airlines!) All members of your group need to request a pass — even babes in arms and minors.

For those of you new to the team, please take some time to check out our website to learn about what is involved in a greeting (besides the hugs and handshakes of course!).

As in years past, we will send out one email per week (usually on Sunday morning) to give you a snapshot of the week’s upcoming flights. To subscribe to that email list, please use this link. Our entire schedule (more than a week in advance) will always be available on our website.




Every Veteran participating in an Honor Flight is assigned a Guardian for the day. Most often, the Guardian is a family member, friend, or volunteer from the Veteran’s home city who accompanies the Veteran on the plane. Occasionally, however, some Honor Flight hubs request some DC-based Guardians to accompany Veterans throughout their day here. For more information about the required qualifications to become a guardian, please check our our websiteschedule of upcoming trainings, and if you have further questions, please email Laura!



Our volunteer tour guides meet the veterans when they arrive at the airport, and ride on the bus with them all day to explain different monuments, buildings and interesting facts about DC. If that sounds like something you’d be interested in, please contact Lauren B. to find out more!



Looking for a way to give back with your organization? Bring them to an Honor Flight! High school cheerleaders and football players, professional coworkers, alumni associations and state societies, even young scout groups — no group is too small to welcome our Veterans. Take a look at our schedule, find a flight that works for you, and then contact Jenny for more information about how to get everything scheduled! Some flights restrict the size of groups, so please contact Jenny as you decide which flights you want to attend.



We are always looking for new groups to come welcome our Veterans when hey arrive at the airport. We’ve seen the Veterans’ faces light up when they get off the plane — we’ve had choirs, brass quartets, recorder choirs, and even a ukulele band! Please contact Patricia if you have a group that may be interested in participating!

Last Honor Flight of 2017!


December 9, Saturday

  • GROUP: annual Snowball Express, a program which sends children of fallen soldiers to Dallas, TX for a long weekend. This program honors their families as well as gives kids the opportunity to disconnect and have fun. The theme this year is Disney’s “Frozen”
  • NOTE this is not an official Honor Flight, but opportunity to honor those affected by war and their families.
  • DEPARTURE: 8:50am, American Airlines (Terminal C)


HFDCA 2017 In Review

Here’s what the Honor Flight DCA Volunteers did in 2017:

3,576 GAPs Issued
151 Honor Flight Arrivals
168 Honor Flight Departures
18 Honor Flight Bus Trips
11,987 Veterans Greeted
131 Tour Guides Provided
6 Tour Guide Trainings Held
123 DC Guardians Provided
9 Guardian Trainings Held
6 DCA Airline Partners

Our Veterans rave about the greetings that they get at the airport — for many, it is the highlight of their trip! We have the opportunity to set the stage for their entire Honor Flight trip with applause, laughter, music, and hugs. None of this could be possible without the help of all our AWESOME volunteers. THANK YOU ALL for an absolutely incredible 2017 DCA Honor Flight season!! We couldn’t provide these warm welcomes without you.

Have a wonderful and relaxing off-season and we’ll see you all next spring!



Today is #GivingTuesday! Join the movement and give – whether it’s some of your time, a donation, gift or the power of your voice in your local community. We wanted to give our Honor Flight friends a reminder about a few wonderful charities that support Veterans all across America:


Honor Flight Network Hubs >>Donation Information Here<<

Of course, Please consider making a donation to your local Honor Flight Network hub to ensure that our Veterans can keep flying in 2018 and beyond! The HFN estimates that it costs about $500 to fly each Veteran to DC for a day (longer trips cost even more!) so please consider helping this wonderful program continue.


Wreaths Across America >>Donate Here<<

Many of our HFDCA volunteers also help to lay wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery for the Wreaths Across America – Official Page event each year. Each wreath is sponsored by a $15 donation — please consider sponsoring a wreath in Honor or in Memory of your favorite Veteran today.

the PERFECT holiday gift!

Looking for a wonderful gift for that person who has everything?

A donation to your favorite Honor Flight hub is a great way to honor the special people in your life. Honor a Veteran (or their memory) with a donation that will help other Veterans take their Honor Flight to Washington, DC in 2018! Below you will find links to the local hub websites where you can find more information about directly donating to them.


Honor Flight National Web Site


– Covington Region Honor Flight (Andalusia, AL)
– Tuscaloosa Rotary Honor Flight (Tuscaloosa, AL) Hub Web Site


– Last Frontier Honor Flight (Big Lake, AK) Hub Web Site


– Honor Flight Northern Arizona (Prescott, AZ) Hub Web Site
– Honor Flight of Southern Arizona (Tucson, AZ) Hub Web Site


– O&A Honor Flight (Soloam Springs, AR)


– Central Valley Honor Flight (Fresno, CA) Hub Web Site
– Honor Flight Bay Area Foundation (San Carlos, CA) Hub Web Site
– Honor Flight Central Coast California, Inc.(Paso Robles) Hub Web Site
– Honor Flight Kern County (Bakersfield, CA) Hub Web Site
– Honor Flight of the Inland Empire (Riverside, CA) Hub Web Site
– Honor Flight San Diego (San Diego, CA) Hub Web Site
– Honor Flight Southland (Dove Canyon, CA) Hub Web Site


– Honor Flight Northern Colorado (Ault, CO) Hub Web Site
– Honor Flight of Southern Colorado (Colorado Springs, CO) Hub Web Site
– Rocky Mountain Honor Flight (Denver, CO) Hub Web Site


– Honor Flight New England (Hooksett, NH) Hub Web Site


– Honor Flight Philadelphia (Springfield, PA) Hub Web Site


– Collier County Honor Flight (Naples/Marco Island) Hub Web Site
– Honor Flight Central Florida (Orlando, FL) Hub Web Site
– Honor Flight of West Central Florida (St. Petersburg, FL) Hub Web Site
– Honor Flight South Florida (Plantation/ Ft. Lauderdale, FL) Hub Web Site
– Honor Flight Tallahassee (Tallahassee, Fl) Hub Web Site
– Southeast Florida Honor Flight (Stuart, FL) Hub Web Site
– Southwest Florida Honor Flight (Bradenton, FL) Hub Web Site
– Space Coast Honor Flight (Rockledge, FL) Hub Web Site
– Villages Honor Flight (Lady Lake, FL) Hub Web Site


– Coastal Georgia Honor Flight(Saint Simons Island, Ga) Hub Web Site
– Honor Flight Conyers, Inc. (Conyers, GA) Hub Web Site
– Honor Flight Savannah (Savannah, GA) Hub Web Site


– Honor Flight of Idaho (Boise, ID) Hub Web Site


– Great River Honor Flight (Quincy, IL) Hub Web Site
– Greater Peoria Honor Flight (Peoria, IL) Hub Web Site
– Honor Flight Chicago (Chicago, IL) Hub Web Site
– Honor Flight Quad Cities (Davenport, IA) Hub Web Site
– Lake County Honor Flight (North Chicago) Hub Web Site
– Land of Lincoln Honor Flight (Springfield, IL) Hub Web Site
– Veterans Honor Flight of Southern Illinois (Marion, IL) Hub Web Site
– VNC Honor Flight of Northern and Western Illinois (Fox River Grove) Hub Web Site


– Greater Lafayette Honor Flight (Lafayette, IN) Hub Web Site
– Honor Flight Northeast Indiana (Huntertown, IN) Hub Web Site
– Indy Honor Flight (Plainfield, IN) Hub Web Site
– Honor Flight of Southern Indiana, Inc. (Evansville, IN)


– Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight (Ft. Dodge, IA)

– Midwest Honor Flight (Sioux Center) Hub Web Site
– Central/Western Iowa Honor Flight (Council Bluffs) Hub Web Site
– Eastern Iowa Honor Flight (Cedar Rapids, IA) Hub Web Site
– Honor Flight Quad Cities (Davenport, IA) Hub Web Site
– Sullivan Hartogh Davis Post 730 Waterloo Iowa Honor Flight (Waterloo, IA) Hub Web Site


– Central Heights Student HF (Richmond, KS)
– Honor Flight – Wamego High School (Wamego, KS)
– Honor Flight Kansas Student Edition (Lyndon, KS) Hub Web Site
– Jackson Heights Honor Flight (Holton, KS) Hub Web Site
– Kansas Honor Flight (Hutchinson, KS) Hub Web Site
– North Central Kansas Honor Flight (Concordia, KS) Hub Web Site
– Southern Coffey County High School Honor Flight (Leroy, KS)
– Southern Lyon County Kansas Student HF (Hartford, KS)


– Honor Flight Bluegrass Chapter, Inc. – (Louisville, KY.) Hub Web Site
– Honor Flight Kentucky (Winchester, KY)



– Honor Flight Louisiana (Baton Rouge, LA) Hub Web Site


– Honor Flight Maine (Vinalhaven, ME) Hub Web Site



– Honor Flight Maryland (Hanover, MD) Hub Web Site 


– Honor Flight New England (Boston) Hub Web Site


– Mid-Michigan Honor Flight (Mecosta) Hub Web Site
– Talons Out Honor Flight, Inc. ( Three Rivers, MI) Hub Web Site
– Upper Peninsula Honor Flight (Gladstone, MI) Hub Web Site


– Honor Flight Northland (Duluth, MN) Hub Web Site
– Honor Flight Twin Cities – (Roseville, MN) Hub Web Site

– WDAY Honor Flight (Moorhead, MN) Hub Web Site


– Central Missouri Honor Flight (Columbia, MO) Hub Web Site
– Franklin County Honor Flight (Union, MO) Hub Web Site
– Great River Honor Flight (Hannibal, MO) Hub Web Site
– Greater St. Louis Honor Flight (Chesterfield, MO) Hub Web Site
– Heartland Honor Flight (Kansas City, MO) Hub Web Site
– Honor Flight Network of Kansas City (Kansas City, MO) Hub Web Site
– Honor Flight of the Ozarks (Springfield, MO) Hub Web Site



– Nebraska Mid-America Honor Flight (Chadron, NE)


– Honor Flight Nevada (Reno, NV) Hub Web Site
– Honor Flight Southern Nevada (Las Vegas, NV) Hub Web Site


New Hampshire
– Honor Flight New England (Hooksett, NH) Hub Web Site


New Jersey
– Honor Flight of Southern New Jersey (Sewell, NJ) Hub Web Site


New Mexico
– Honor Flight of Northern New Mexico (Albuquerque) Hub Web Site
– Honor Flight Southern New Mexico & El Paso, Texas(Las Cruces, NM) Hub Web Site


New York
– Big Apple Honor Flight Hub Web Site
– Honor Flight Buffalo, Inc.(Buffalo, NY) Hub Web Site
– Capital District Patriot Flight Hub Web Site
– Honor Flight Long Island (Southampton, NY) Hub Web Site
– Honor Flight Rochester, Inc. (Rochester, NY) Hub Web Site
– Honor Flight Syracuse (Syracuse, NY) Hub Web Site
– Hudson Valley Honor Flight (Walden, NY) Hub Web Site
– Leatherstocking Honor Flight (Cobleskill, NY) Hub Web Site
– North Country Honor Flight (Plattsburgh, NY) Hub Web Site
– Twin Tiers Honor Flight (Brooktondale, NY) Hub Web Site


North Carolina
– Blue Ridge Honor Flight Hub Web Site

– Queen City Honor Flight Hub Web Site


North Dakota
– WDAY Honor Flight Hub Web Site
– North Dakota Native Veterans Honor Flight (Belcourt, ND) Hub Web Site


– Flag City Honor Flight (Findlay, OH) Hub Web Site
– Honor Flight Cleveland (Madison, OH) Hub Web Site
– Honor Flight Columbus (Columbus, OH) Hub Web Site
– Honor Flight Dayton (Dayton, OH) Hub Web Site
– Honor Flight Tri-State (Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio), (Cincinnati, Ohio) Hub Web Site


– O&A Honor Flight (Soloam Springs, AR)

– Oklahoma Warriors Honor Flight Hub Web Site


– Honor Flight of Eastern Oregon (Bend, OR) Hub Web Site
– Honor Flight of Oregon (Grants Pass, OR) Hub Web Site
– Honor Flight of Portland Oregon (Portland, OR) Hub Web Site
– South Willamette Valley Honor Flight (Springfield, OR) Hub Web Site


– Honor Flight Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA) Hub Web Site
– Honor Flight Pittsburgh, Inc. (West Sunbury, PA) Hub Web Site


Rhode Island
– Rhode Island Association of Fire Chiefs Honor Flight (Providence, RI) Hub Web Site


South Carolina
– Honor Flight Upstate South Carolina (Simpsonville, SC) Hub Web Site


South Dakota

– Midwest Honor Flight Hub Web Site


– Honor Flight Northeast Tennessee (Erwin, TN)
– Honor Flight of Middle Tennessee (Tullahoma, TN)
– Screaming Eagle Honor Flight (Clarksville, TN) Hub Web Site


– Honor Flight Austin (Austin, TX) Hub Web Site
– Honor Flight DFW (Dallas, TX) Hub Web Site
– Honor Flight Houston (Houston, TX) Hub Web Site
– Honor Flight Rio Grande Valley (McAllen, TX) Hub Web Site
– Honor Flight San Antonio de Valero (San Antonio, TX) Hub Web Site
– South Plains Honor Flight (Lubbock, TX) Hub Web Site
– Texas Panhandle Honor Flight (Amarillo, TX) Hub Web Site
– Permian Basin Honor Flight (Midland, TX) Hub Web Site


– Utah Honor Flight (Richfield, UT) Hub Web Site


– Honor Flight New England (Hooksett, NH) Hub Web Site


– Honor Flight Historic Triangle Virginia (Williamsburg, VA) Hub Web Site
– Top of Virginia Honor Flight (Middletown, VA) Hub Web Site

– Central and Southwest Virginia Honor Flight (Bedford, VA) Hub Web Site 


– Inland Northwest Honor Flight (Spokane, WA) Hub Web Site
– Puget Sound Honor Flight (Grapeview, WA) Hub Web Site


West Virginia
– Always Free Honor Flight (Princeton, WV)
– Honor Flight Huntington (Huntington, WV) Hub Web Site


– Badger Honor Flight (Madison, WI) Hub Web Site
– Freedom Honor Flight , Inc. (La Crosse, WI) Hub Web Site
– Never Forgotten Honor Flight (Wausau, WI) Hub Web Site
– Old Glory Honor Flight (Appleton, WI) Hub Web Site
– Stars & Stripes Honor Flight, Inc. (Port Washington, WI) Hub Web Site

Amazon Smile to raise funds for Honor Flight

Starting your holiday shopping? If you are buying on Amazon this year, please use Amazon Smile! has access to the same inventory and Prime shipping as regular amazon, but a portion of your purchase will be donated to a charity of your choice. Most of the local Honor Flight hubs have set up accounts with Amazon Smile – choose one that is close to your heart. Get your shopping done and support Honor Flight at the same time!

To use this feature, visit Amazon Smile and at the top of your page (under the search bar) you have an option to add a charity. Pick your own charitable organization (one of the many hubs) and simply click “select.” Going forward, anytime you use this charity will be your default.

Remember, this is no different than the traditional Amazon, your favorite charity just gets a small donation for any purchase.

Happy shopping!