And May 17, 2010, marked the inaugural trip of the Oklahoma Honor Flights chapter to Washington. The second trip was taken in October 2010.
The Oct. 12 trip was the third of 2011 and the fifth flight overall for Oklahoma Honor Flights, a nonprofit organization created solely to honor Oklahoma's veterans for their sacrifices.
Banz continues to work tirelessly with Oklahoma Honor Flights along with others, including his wife, Linda Banz.
With this, the fifth flight, 502 veterans have traveled with the Oklahoma Honor Flights hub.
There currently are more than 360 veterans on the waiting list, Banz said.