Spartan College grants 100-year-old aerospace mechanic birthday wish to fly historic C-3 Biplane

A birthday wish gets its wings.

"I'm ready to go!"

Henry Miller is turning 100-years-old, and the centenarian is celebrating from the sky.

"It was great, I was back, I was back home," Miller said with a smile after his 30 minute flight.

The Navy radio operator and aerospace mechanic got to go up in a historic C-3 Biplane.

"I'm just glad we could make it happen," said Kim Jones, Former Deputy Director of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum.

The flight is a gift from the aviator's alma mater, The Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology.

Surrounded by friends and family, Miller boarded the plane, as everyone watched him take flight.

"I know it's a big thrill for him today," Millers one of eight grandsons, Gordon Miller said.

And the very plan that Miller flew was the exact one that he used to work on back in 1939 as an aerospace mechanic at the Spartan College.

"I've got my adrenaline back, I feel ten years younger," Miller exclaimed.

His first flight was in 1934 from Guantanamo Bay while serving in the Navy. And that was one of many events in aviation history that Miller took part in.

"I affectionately refer to him as the Forest Gump of aviation," Jones said, smiling.

A true calling for the clouds; Miller's family said when he wasn't in the air, he was talking about it.

"Flying, aerospace, that's where is heart is," Gordon said.

And as an added surprise, the college also presented Miller with an official diploma, one he never received.

"This is the best reception I've had in my life and I'll never do anything to equal this," Miller said.

But even at 100-years-old, Miller says his flight doesn't stop here.

"I hope I can do it again, sometime soon," he laughs.

Miller's actual birthday isn't until April 22nd. His family is planning another celebration on that day too.

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