(JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md.) — Aviation buffs Jack Kirkbride and Houston Pirrung, both six years old, recently went on a “mission” with the U.S. Air Force that they will likely never forget.
Kirkbride and Pirrung, who’ve been dubbed the “battle buddies,” became fast friends while undergoing treatment for leukemia at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
The pair were honored on Friday for their bravery — and their love of aviation was acknowledged — as they visited Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.
The boys participated in the Pilot for a Day program, sponsored by the Check-6 Foundation.
As part of the boys’ visit, Jack and Houston were given personalized fighter pilot uniforms and received a tour inside the cockpit of an aircraft.
The boys also “flew” an F-16 in a simulator and led Air Force service members in the Pledge of Allegiance.
For the pair of youngsters it was a day to remember and it was topped off with both receiving their Air Force wings.
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