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The D-M Pilot for a Day program invites children with serious or chronic conditions, to be a guest of the 355th Fighter Wing and one of the flying squadrons for an entire day.

The D-M Pilot for a Day program invites children with serious or chronic conditions, to be a guest of the 355th Fighter Wing and one of the flying squadrons for an entire day.

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Jennifer Short, 358th Fighter Squadron commander, swears in Addison Rerecich, a 13-year-old Tucsonan recovering from a double lung transplant, as part of the Pilot for a Day program at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. Feb. 21, 2013. The Pilot for a Day program begins with a brief "swearing in" ceremony at the host flying squadron, after which the child becomes an "honorary United States Air Force pilot". (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brittany Dowdle)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Jennifer Short, 358th Fighter Squadron commander, swears in Addison Rerecich, a 13-year-old Tucsonan recovering from a double lung transplant, as part of the Pilot for a Day program at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. Feb. 21, 2013. The Pilot for a Day program begins with a brief "swearing in" ceremony at the host flying squadron, after which the child becomes an "honorary United States Air Force pilot". (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brittany Dowdle)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Daniel Hoover, 355th Operations Support Squadron air crew flight equipment technician, holds an oxygen mask, as he and Senior Airman Rachel Booth, 355th OSS air crew flight equipment technician, show Addison Rerecich, a 13-year-old recovering from a double lung transplant, how a pilot gears up for flight during her tour of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. Feb. 21, 2013, as part of the Pilot for a Day program. Each honorary pilot leaves with patches, souvenirs and memories to help sustain them in the face of their personal challenges. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brittany Dowdle)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Daniel Hoover, 355th Operations Support Squadron air crew flight equipment technician, holds an oxygen mask, as he and Senior Airman Rachel Booth, 355th OSS air crew flight equipment technician, show Addison Rerecich, a 13-year-old recovering from a double lung transplant, how a pilot gears up for flight during her tour of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. Feb. 21, 2013, as part of the Pilot for a Day program. Each honorary pilot leaves with patches, souvenirs and memories to help sustain them in the face of their personal challenges. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brittany Dowdle)

Addison Rerecich, a 13-year-old Tucsonan recovering from a double lung transplant, sits in the cockpit of an A-10 Thunderbolt II as U.S. Air Force Maj. Michael McKee, 358th Fighter Squadron pilot, shows her the details of the aircraft during her tour of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. Feb. 21, 2013, as part of the Pilot for a Day program. The goal of the Pilot for a Day program is to benefit children and their families in the local community who have catastrophic illnesses. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brittany Dowdle)

Addison Rerecich, a 13-year-old Tucsonan recovering from a double lung transplant, sits in the cockpit of an A-10 Thunderbolt II as U.S. Air Force Maj. Michael McKee, 358th Fighter Squadron pilot, shows her the details of the aircraft during her tour of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. Feb. 21, 2013, as part of the Pilot for a Day program. The goal of the Pilot for a Day program is to benefit children and their families in the local community who have catastrophic illnesses. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brittany Dowdle)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Michael McKee, 358th Fighter Squadron pilot, shows Addison Rerecich, a 13-year-old Tucsonan recovering from a double lung transplant, the cockpit of an A-10 Thunderbolt II during a tour of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. Feb. 21, 2013, as part of the Pilot for a Day program. The Pilot for a Day program is designed to find children with serious illnesses and help them enjoy a day totally devoted to them and their interest in aviation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brittany Dowdle)

U.S. Air Force Maj. Michael McKee, 358th Fighter Squadron pilot, shows Addison Rerecich, a 13-year-old Tucsonan recovering from a double lung transplant, the cockpit of an A-10 Thunderbolt II during a tour of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. Feb. 21, 2013, as part of the Pilot for a Day program. The Pilot for a Day program is designed to find children with serious illnesses and help them enjoy a day totally devoted to them and their interest in aviation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brittany Dowdle)

Addison Rerecich, a 13-year-old Tucsonan recovering from a double lung transplant, walks past a fire engine at the fire station during her tour of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. Feb. 21, 2013, as the Pilot for a Day participant. The Pilot for a Day program strives to give each child a special day and a break from the challenges they may face. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brittany Dowdle)

Addison Rerecich, a 13-year-old Tucsonan recovering from a double lung transplant, walks past a fire engine at the fire station during her tour of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. Feb. 21, 2013, as the Pilot for a Day participant. The Pilot for a Day program strives to give each child a special day and a break from the challenges they may face. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brittany Dowdle)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Dana Foulk, 355th Civil Engineer Squadron fire fighter, shows the inside of a fire engine to Addison Rerecich, a 13-year-old Tucsonan recovering from a double lung transplant, and her family during her tour of Davis-Monthan air Force Base, Ariz. Feb. 21, 2013, as part of the Pilot for a Day program. During the tour, Addison and her family visited the 358th Fighter Squadron, an A-10 Thunderbolt II static display, the fire station and the A-10 simulator. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brittany Dowdle)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Dana Foulk, 355th Civil Engineer Squadron fire fighter, shows the inside of a fire engine to Addison Rerecich, a 13-year-old Tucsonan recovering from a double lung transplant, and her family during her tour of Davis-Monthan air Force Base, Ariz. Feb. 21, 2013, as part of the Pilot for a Day program. During the tour, Addison and her family visited the 358th Fighter Squadron, an A-10 Thunderbolt II static display, the fire station and the A-10 simulator. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brittany Dowdle)

Addison Rerecich, a 13-year-old Tucsonan recovering from a double lung transplant, flies the A-10 Thunderbolt II simulator with help from U.S. Air Force Maj. Michael McKee, 358th Fighter Squadron pilot, during her tour of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. Feb. 21, 2013, as the Pilot for a Day participant. The D-M Pilot for a Day program invites children with serious or chronic conditions, to be a guest of the 355th Fighter Wing and one of the flying squadrons for an entire day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brittany Dowdle)

Addison Rerecich, a 13-year-old Tucsonan recovering from a double lung transplant, flies the A-10 Thunderbolt II simulator with help from U.S. Air Force Maj. Michael McKee, 358th Fighter Squadron pilot, during her tour of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. Feb. 21, 2013, as the Pilot for a Day participant. The D-M Pilot for a Day program invites children with serious or chronic conditions, to be a guest of the 355th Fighter Wing and one of the flying squadrons for an entire day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Brittany Dowdle)

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