Children become pilots for a day

TWO children had an unforgettable day getting a taste of the life of a pilot at RAF Lakenheath.

Callum Carr, four, and Callum Pite, 11, both of whom have been diagnosed with bone cancer, spent a day with the 493rd Fighter Squadron.

The boys were given specially made flight suits and taken on an interactive tour during which they went up the air traffic control tower, had a go in an F-15E simulator, sat in the cockpits of an F-15 Eagle and HH-60 Pave Hawk and spoke to the aircrew about their jobs.

At the end of their visit, the pair were presented with a personal set of flight wings.

Capt Jaina Donberg, 492nd Fighter Squadron D Flight Commander, said: “Seeing their faces light up as we handed them their flight suits was heartwarming.

“In the simulator, Callum Pite was a natural at landing the jet while Callum Carr was excited to ‘shoot’ the gun – having the opportunity to drive in the fire truck and put out an actual aircraft fire was also a highlight.

“They ended the day smiling as we pinned on their wings, and hopefully not thinking about their impending treatments in Cambridge on Monday.”