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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Every person has a dream job or profession. It's not too often that you get a chance to experience that dream. Today, a local 5-year-old got that chance.

Bryce Crane has dreams of being a pilot. That dream came true at Davis Monthan Air Force Base. Crane got the chance to spend a day and become an A-10 pilot.

Crane was diagnosed with leukemia in July of last year. It has been tough for the little guy. He has had numerous chemo treatments. He lost his hair, but it started to grow back in March of this year. "It was pretty devastating, how can it be anything else, there's a light at the end of the tunnel, they gave us really good odds of him doing well," said Tracey Crane Bryce's mother.

The folks at Diamond Children's Hospital thought Bryce would be a great fit for the program, pilot for a day. They contacted DM and the dates were set back in August.

The 5 year-old had a long agenda today. They began with giving Crane his own A-10 wings, which made him a member of the 354th Fighter Squadron. Next was getting into the cockpit of a real Thunderbolt. Bryce was joined by his mother in the cockpit. The pilots showed him all the controls and what each one did.

"It gives me the motivation to continue what I am doing, to give the joy and aspect in a child's life is something that everyone should strive for and enjoy," said Captain Paul Wruk, a pilot with the 354th.

They saved the best experience for last. Crane was suited and ready to fly a mission in the A-10 simulator. The same simulators that the actual pilots use to train and test their skills. He was able to fly over the Tucson area, over his school and his home. It left a smile on his face that will last a lifetime.

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