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Moody grants sick child's wish

October 22, 2003

Lowndes County - Eight-year-old Tyler Mallory got the royal treatment at Moody Air Force Base Wednesday. "Tyler has leukemia, and we just wanted to do something really special for him to see him smile," said Lt. Jim Crum.

Tyler was the first ever participant in Moody's "Pilot for a Day" program. After taking his pilot's oath of office and getting a few special tokens from the 3rd Flying Training Squadron commander, he was ready to take to the skies. "I'm really excited, I've always wanted to be a pilot," said Tyler.

Because of medical liabilities, Tyler couldn't go up for an actual flight. But, having his name branded on a plane and flying the T-6 Texan II simulator was enough excitement for him. "I was really nervous, but it's a lot of fun," said Tyler. His family was even treated to their own personal air show demonstration.

The honorary wings the commander awarded him will do for now, but soon, Tyler hopes to earn the real thing and defend the skies for the U.S. Air Force.

posted at 4:55 by ashley.harper@walb.com