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The Naval Aviator For A Day Program Makes Special Kids Into Stars

At-Risk Children Are Hosted For Similar Programs By All Armed Service Branches

Hannah Dunaway completed the Naval Aviator for a Day program at Naval Air Station (NAS) Meridian and received her Navy Wings of Gold back in 2014.

In this short video produced by Jim Albritton for Batson Children’s Hospital in Jackson, Mississippi where Hannah is a cystic hygroma patient, United States Navy Lieutenant Commander Clinton Watt and Lieutenant Kristin Acton guided the 13-year-old Vicksburg girl through the day-long program. Training Air Wing ONE (TW-1) rolled out the red carpet for Hannah and signed off on her Carrier Qualification, LSO Qualification, Control Tower Qualification, and Firefighter Qualifications. This is one of the great things done not just by Navy commands but by all service branches for at-risk children. Enjoy this girl’s experience from 2014.

About TW-1

TW-1 was commissioned on August 2nd 1971. In addition to training fledgling Navy and Marine aviators, the wing also trains and hosts as instructors foreign exchange pilots from France, Italy, and Spain. TW-1 consists of Training Squadron SEVEN (VT-7) Eagles and Training Squadron NINE (VT-9) Tigers. TW-1 provides intermediate and advanced training to students who have previously completed the Primary Flight Training syllabus in the Beechcraft T-6B Texan II trainer. VT-7 and VT-9 train Student Naval Aviators in the Boeing T-45C Goshawk. Upon completion of the Advanced Flight Instruction syllabus at NAS Meridian the Student Naval Aviators are designated Naval Aviators and receive their Wings of Gold.

Official US Navy Photograph

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Bill Walton

Written by Bill Walton

Bill Walton is a life-long aviation enthusiast and expert in aircraft recognition. As a teenager Bill helped his engineer father build an award-winning T-18 homebuilt airplane in their Wisconsin basement. Bill is a freelance writer, an avid sailor, engineer, announcer, husband, father, uncle, mentor, coach, and Navy veteran. Bill lives north of Houston TX with his wife and son under the approach path to KDWH runway 17R, which means they get to look up at a lot of airplanes. A very good thing.

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