The highlight of the day, Teichert said, was Reilly's visit to the 411th Flight Test Squadron where he got to see and sit in the Raptor. Senior noncommissioned officers from the 412th Test Wing presented Reilly with two Raptor T-shirts, patches, and a special Raptor light before he headed off to Raptor life support to see what it was like to put on flight gear.
The last stop was at the F-22A flight simulator in the Integrated Facility for Avionics Systems Test. Reilly performed a takeoff, a loop, some aileron rolls, and high-speed flight in the simulator before ending his first "mission."
"He's into flight simulations and can fly them too," Koyl said.
Reilly's "Pilot for a Day" experience was sponsored by the Illinois chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
"What we really want is for each child to experience the wish of their imagination which becomes life enriching as well," said Renee Davis, Make-A-Wish Foundation Illinois Chapter wish manager. "It's not just about the day or the week of the trip, but how it impacts the rest of their life and that of their family."
Reilly's mom agreed.
"Reilly really wants to be a pilot when he grows up, so this is really an exciting opportunity for him," Mrs. Koyl said.
Reilly also got some good news about his health recently.
"We just got his last bone morrow and spinal tap results and they're normal," Mrs. Koyl said. "We're really excited, so this kind of marks the start to a normal life for him and for us."