Air Force Makes Dream Come True For Local Lad

22 August 2014
Aaron with his red nose in front of the Iroqouis he went for a flight in
Aaron with his red nose in front of the Iroqouis he went for a flight in

Local Marton lad nine-year-old Aaron Rowe has always dreamed of flying in a Royal New Zealand Air Force helicopter. His dream came true on Wednesday when Aaron, with his family and friends, took to the skies over the Manawatu in an Iroquois helicopter.

This wasn’t an ordinary flight. Aaron has a rare cancer called Synovial Sarcoma, and sadly treatment options haven’t been successful. Life is now about creating experiences for Aaron and his family so that memories can be made. When 3 Squadron, who operate the Iroquois helicopters, heard Aaron’s story they were quick to include him on a flight.

Aaron and his family and friends were provided with a complete Air Force experience. Aaron took a turn in the A109 helicopter simulator and was made a honorary “Firey” by the Ohakea fire-fighters. He was also presented with his own personalised flying jacket, complete with badges, and the day culminated with the helicopter flight.

Squadron Leader Stu Pearce, who organised the experience for Aaron, says the Air Force was touched by Aaron’s story and wanted to ensure he had a day to remember at Ohakea.

“Everyone in 3 Squadron knows someone who has been affected by cancer and this was an opportunity for us to do something fun-filled that can be enjoyed by Aaron and his family together. The smiles on everyone’s faces after the flight were amazing; they all had a great time.”

Aaron and his family have been supported by the Child Cancer Foundation since he was diagnosed in 2012. The 3 Squadron crew wore red noses in support of Cure Kids, another great charity, which along with the Child Cancer Foundation make a huge difference in the lives of those affected by cancer.


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