World War II pilot celebrates birthday on the treadmill

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - We were impressed with Doc Haney six years ago when he went on the first South Plains Honor Flight to Washington D.C. at the age of 91.

He was a pilot who flew bombers during World War II. He helped explain a lot about the historic aircraft when we toured the Air and Space Museum.

You might remember him saying, "I'm the only B-29 pilot that I know of that's still alive."

Today, Doc Haney is not just alive and well six years later, but he celebrated a birthday early this morning at the gym where he works out with friends three times a week.

One of the leaders at the gym told me he never misses a workout. They know Doc will drive himself to the gym by six in the morning, no matter whether it is raining or even snowing. On other days, he makes a point to walk the golf course.

"I'm 97 years old today," he said proudly.

And if he looks familiar, Wallace "Doc" Haney was also a dentist in Lubbock for many years.

From the skies over World War II to the treadmills of today, Doc Haney is 97 and going strong.

Happy birthday from NewsChannel 11. And thank you, sir, for your service.

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