Wounded vets get a thrill ride on a fighter jet - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Wounded vets get a thrill ride on a fighter jet

Posted: Updated:
This weekend servicemen still recuperating from injuries in Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan will get the chance to go up in a fighter jet. This weekend servicemen still recuperating from injuries in Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan will get the chance to go up in a fighter jet.
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

A non-profit agency is trying to lift the spirits of nearly a dozen Mississippi and Louisiana combat wounded veterans by giving them the thrill of a lifetime. This weekend servicemen still recuperating from injuries in Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan will get the chance to go up in a fighter jet. 

Pilots with the Blackhawk Flight Foundation will let wounded veterans experience some  spectacular stunts.

"We show them airplanes up close up in the air and fly them around," said pilot Mike Mosing. "If we get a chance we'll break off and go do some loops and rolls if they're up for it. It's an absolute joy to be able to get these kids in the back."

To help the veterans transition back into civilian life, the Wounded Warrior weekend will also include seminars with guest speakers who'll give veterans information on how to find a new career or even launch their own companies.

B.J. Perrett is the executive director of the Blackhawk Flight Foundation. "Shows them how to start their own business, how to do accounting, and financing," said Perrett. "If you want a better country, you'd better do it. This country needs good talent right now."

Officials said those going on the flights are all purple heart recipients who deserve our country's gratitude and support.

Pilot Sonny Schilleci said, "These combat wounded veterans have given so much to our country. It's the least we can do or I can do to try to give something back to them. The American citizens need to remember that it's our military that keeps us free. "

"These guys are fighting a lot. Many of them are missing limbs. They have incredible challenges ahead of them to return back into the civilian world and to see these guys get into these aircraft and smile, maybe for first time in the last 12 months, it really means a lot. "

This weekend is also a fundraiser. Officials said part of the proceeds will go to the Blackhawk Flight Foundation Scholarship Fund and the Home Of Grace addiction treatment program for veterans. 

Copyright 2012 WLOX. All rights reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Huge alligator snapping turtle set free

    Huge alligator snapping turtle set free

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 12:27 PM EDT2014-04-15 16:27:58 GMT
    There is good news for an alligator snapping turtle that was rescued from a drainage ditch a week ago. "Snappy," as the rescuers referred to the reptile, has been set free.More >>
    There is good news for an alligator snapping turtle that was rescued from a drainage ditch a week ago. "Snappy," as the rescuers referred to the reptile, has been set free.More >>
  • Rural hospital lays off employees, cuts hours to stay afloat

    Rural hospital lays off employees, cuts hours to stay afloat

    Thursday, April 17 2014 12:05 AM EDT2014-04-17 04:05:36 GMT
    Like many rural hospitals in our state, Pearl River County Hospital and Nursing Home is struggling.More >>
    Layoffs. Reduced hours. These are some of the sacrifices a South Mississippi hospital is having to make to keep the doors open. Like many rural hospitals in our state, Pearl River County Hospital and Nursing Home is struggling.More >>
  • Police prepare for another spring break weekend

    Police prepare for another spring break weekend

    Thursday, April 17 2014 12:39 AM EDT2014-04-17 04:39:37 GMT
    Barricades and yellow caution tape remain up throughout Gulfport and Biloxi in preparation for another Spring Break weekend. This weekend is a little different though because no one knows how many springMore >>
    The coast is preparing for another weekend of Spring Break festivities. At this point though no one knows exactly what to expect in terms of crowd size. There are several events listed on a Facebook page promoting spring break for April 18th through the 20th including a performance by rapper Lil Boosie.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

208 DeBuys Road
Biloxi, MS 39531
(228) 896-1313

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WLOX. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.