18 Oct HAFB 388th Fighter Wing hosts Make-A-Wish Utah families
On Friday, four children and their families from Make-A-Wish Utah visited the 388th Fighter Wing at Hill Air Force Base.
According to a press release, the families received an “inside education” by pilots and were able to sit in an F-35A cockpit. They also witnessed the takeoffs and landings of the F-35 on the side of the runway.
Capt. Buck Horn said in a prepared statement:
It’s a great opportunity for us to come together and support them and to show them a day in the life of our wing and our mission.
The “wish kids” experienced F-35A flight equipment, including an advanced helmet with integrating night vision, noise-canceling headphones, and a heads-up display projected onto the visor, which is tied in to all of the jet’s vital systems.
“It’s been awesome. My favorite part was watching the takeoffs,” stated Brody, a child in the Make-A-Wish program, in the news release.
Make-A-Wish is a charity that grants the wish of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. Spending a day alongside men and women who serve in a close-knit, advanced military unit is part of the “Pilot for a Day” program.