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William Paap, 33rd Fighter Wing pilot for a day, walks alongside Capt. Matthew Powell, 58th Fighter Squadron F-35A Lightning II pilot, during a tour of a jet Nov. 20, 2018, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The Pilot For A Day program aims to give local children with on-going medical issues the full experience of being at a flying unit. During his day, Paap got up close and personal with a jet, listened to pilots from the control tower, learned how maintenance keeps aircraft ready to fly and got hands-on with police and firefighters from the 96th Test Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Peter Thompson)

Pilot for a day

William Paap, 33rd Fighter Wing pilot for a day, and his father and sisters look inside the cockpit of an F-35A Lightning II Nov. 20, 2018, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The Pilot For A Day program aims to give local children with on-going medical issues the full experience of being at a flying unit. During his day, Paap got up close and personal with a jet, listened to pilots from the control tower, learned how maintenance keeps aircraft ready to fly and got hands-on with police and firefighters from the 96th Test Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Peter Thompson)

Pilot for a day

U.S. Air Force Capt. Matthew Powell, 58th Fighter Squadron F-35A Lightning II pilot, helps William Paap, 33rd Fighter Wing pilot for a day, try on his helmet Nov. 20, 2018, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The Pilot For A Day program aims to give local children with on-going medical issues the full experience of being at a flying unit. During his day, Paap got up close and personal with a jet, listened to pilots from the control tower, learned how maintenance keeps aircraft ready to fly and got hands-on with police and firefighters from the 96th Test Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Peter Thompson)

Pilot for a day

William Paap, 33rd Fighter Wing pilot for a day, center, and his sisters look inside the weapons bays of an F-35A Lightning II alongside Capt. Matthew Powell, 58th Fighter Squadron F-35A pilot, Nov. 20, 2018, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The Pilot For A Day program aims to give local children with on-going medical issues the full experience of being at a flying unit. During his day, Paap got up close and personal with a jet, listened to pilots from the control tower, learned how maintenance keeps aircraft ready to fly and got hands-on with police and firefighters from the 96th Test Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Peter Thompson)