Some people face adversity as though it does not exist—12-year-old Norah Carter is one of those rare individuals. Faced with six major orthopedic surgeries to correct bone structure issues including scoliosis, hip dysplasia and a flanged vertebrae, Norah’s positive outlook on life stems from both the doctors and nurses she has encountered and her ability to transform challenge into opportunity.
This past May, her doctors nominated Norah as Pilot for a Day, a program hosted by the 911th Airlift Wing at the Pittsburgh International Air Reserve Station. Named as Honorary Second Lieutenant, Norah spent the day taking a ride in a C-130 Hercules aircraft, honing her welding and metal-cutting skills in the 911th’s maintenance shop and interviewing with local media.
HRV proudly partners with the 911th Airlift Wing on this important program which offers opportunities for children facing special challenges to experience unique, on-base situations. HRV provides personalized scale models of the C-130 Hercules (as shown in the photo inset) to each Pilot for a Day participant.