Axe-Man ... Pilot For A Day
November 3, 2023
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October 13, 2023 - The 56th Fighter Wing welcomed Isaac “Axe-Man” Salinas from Make-A-Wish Arizona to become a pilot for a day at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. The Pilot for a Day program aims to provide children with critical illnesses from Make-A-Wish with an uplifting experience and a break from their daily challenges.
Upon arrival, Isaac was welcomed and given a flight suit ... as he proudly wears standing in front of Old Glory ... representing his honorary pilot status for the day.
The adventure commenced with a guided tour of the 61st Fighter Squadron, where Isaac received an up-close F-35A Lightning II tour and even got the rare chance to sit in the cockpit.
A visit to the Air Traffic Control Tower provided Isaac with a panoramic view of the flightline and jets taking off; a sight embodying the essence of airpower (image not shown). The next stops included enjoying a F-16 Fighting Falcon training simulator immersion, and a tour of Aircrew Flight Equipment (image not shown), showcasing the technical aspects of a pilot’s gear and safety equipment.
“Being at Luke and seeing everything up close has been amazing,” said Isaac “Axe-man” Salinas, Luke AFB Pilot for a Day participant. “Sitting in the cockpit of the F-35A was one of the coolest parts.” Axe-Man saluting a crew chief underscores his pride, respect, and enjoyment of the unforgettable experiencing being a ... Pilot for a Day.
The Pilot for a Day program aims to provide children with critical illnesses from Make-A-Wish with an uplifting experience and a break from their daily challenges. This partnership highlights the impact of community partnerships with organizations such as Make-A-Wish and provides an unforgettable experience for kids like Isaac.
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