Wednesday, May 25, 2016

9-year-old is F-35 pilot for day

Christian and Tech Sgt. Omar Robinson
Air Force photo
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – A nine-year-old got behind the controls of an Air Force F-35 simulator earlier this month as part of a 26-year-old program to reach out to the community and for children to experience a day in the life of an Air Force pilot. At age two, Christian Loafman was diagnosed with progressive infantile scoliosis and autism. Two weeks ago he was chosen as the 33rd Fighter Wing's first F-35A Pilot for a Day. His day was May 18, and the affair included getting a flight suit with his name and 58th Squadron patch. He also saw a static display of an F-35 with his name on it before getting at the controls of a simulator, and was said to be "a natural." (Source: 33rd Fighter Wing, 05/25/16)