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Published September 05, 2013, 10:00 PM

Retired nurse takes flight once again

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Let's say you're retired; Your days slowly get filled up with routine, until an item on your bucket list pops in your head. That's what happened to Carmelle Pinsonneault of Moorhead.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Let's say you're retired. Your days slowly get filled up with routine, until an item on your bucket list pops in your head. That's what happened to Carmelle Pinsonneault of Moorhead.

Today, she left her place at Eventide's Linden Tree Circle, and went for a ride - in the sky.

Pushing 80, Carmelle Pinsonneault prepared for something that recently she's only dreamed about.

Carmelle Pinsonneault – Retired Nurse and Pilot: “Oh, I think it is so beautiful when you are up there.”

Returning to the cockpit, this spunky, sometimes fiery French Canadian was born in Quebec. She became a nurse, married a physician and the two of them practiced medicine together in northwestern Minnesota.

Pinsonneault: “It’s nice; I haven't done that for so long.”

She still recalls the planes they flew together.

Pinsonneault: “Bonanza 36, the Cherokee 140.”

Often flying the planes to see patients in the rural towns or transport someone ill to Mayo Clinic. Both Dr. And Nurse Pinsonneault flew.

So today, Mike Paulson along with the Fargo Jet Center helped Carmelle with a wish. In her golden years, this retired nurse and pilot wanted to fly again. And so she did.

At times, memories of flying with her husband overwhelmed her.

Pinsonneault: “I am thinking my husband is probably looking down and smiling.”

They flew above the fields and plains of the valley today. At times Carmelle flew the plane; she can still bank it like the pros.

On the ground, her support team cheered her on, documenting the historic day. A clear September morning when a pilot wore her wings again.

And was amazed at what she always knew: flying is such a day changer.

Pinsonneault: “Oui. It was so nice. I really enjoyed.”

Back on the ground, one last hug from one pilot to another.

And it was Carmelle's physician assistant here in Fargo who helped set up the plane ride after hearing from Carmelle at a medical appointment that she would give anything to fly again.

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