OSHKOSH, Wis. (WBAY) - A 10-year-old boy from Sun Prairie is flying high after an adventure at AirVenture with the Young Eagles, an EAA program that works with young aviators.
A surprise was in store for this aspiring pilot.
Already, Hakon Heggland has developed a serious interest in aviation.
"So it's kind of like, no elevator input keeping it straight," he says during a discussion with pilots, speaking their language.
It's that interest and an essay he wrote that landed him the flight of his life with acrobatic pilot and airshow legend Sean Tucker.
"He asked me how to do a barrel roll, a loop and a hammerhead, and what it means to me to fly inverted with Sean Tucker," Hakon said.
After a brief orientation with Tucker's iconic Team Oracle plane, it was time to take off.
Once in the air, Hakon and Tucker were joined by some friends.
"I see two F-18s flying right next to me! And the pilots are waving at me," Hakon laughs.
The surprise visitors in the sky were two members of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels precision flight team.
"That's the greatest smile I've ever seen, just to surprise him. His face just lit up," Tucker said, beaming, too.
Following a short formation flight, flanked by the Blue Angels, it was Hakon's time to fly.
"He was very intuitive with the airplane. That means he was flying it naturally," Tucker said.
So much so, that Tucker gave Hakon total control.
"I didn't think I'd get to fly it, but I did, and we got to do a loop and a roll," Hakon said.
It's an experience that will last a lifetime.
"He's already been passionate about aviation and flight, and I think this is just going to be rocket fuel for him," dad Kurt Haggland said.