Corbin Burggraf, diagnosed with lymphoblastic leukemia in 2012, never thought his first time in an airplane would be in the cockpit of a C-130H Hercules during his “Pilot for a Day” experience at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station this week. The 14 year old lives in Cortland, not far from the air base, and sees […]
For Ethan Hoffman, there’s something about slipping on a flight suit that seems to make the everyday aches and pains go away – at least for a few hours. The 12-year-old Howland resident, who’s being treated at Akron Children’s Hospital for Bartter’s syndrome, a rare and incurable kidney disease, and his parents were treated to […]
You can’t blame Celina Dennis for having a hard time pinpointing the best part of her “Pilot for a Day” experience at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station this week. Since June 2000, the Pilot for a Day program has given more than 60 children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses an opportunity to meet Reservists and receive a VIP, behind-the-scenes air base experience.
It was a day of non-stop grinning for 11 year-old Jacob Sypert from Niles, the latest “Pilot for a Day” at the 910th Airlift Wing in Vienna.
Watching her 13 year-old son, who’s battled Sickle Cell Disease since birth, be sworn in as an honorary second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force had Tia Allen beaming with pride this month at the 910th Airlift Wing in Vienna.
Ethan Libert, a 10-year-old boy from Niles, was honored as the Pilot for the Day at the 910th Airlift Wing at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Vienna, Ohio. The program provides children with chronic, life-threatening conditions a day of fun at the base.