Kids, dreams take flight with Make-A-Wish


ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Some New Mexico kids who battle serious health issues got a chance to soar high over the state on Tuesday.

Make-A-Wish New Mexico treated the young guests of honor to a sightseeing flight across the metro area on a private jet called Dream Chaser.

Photos: Make-A-Wish Dream Chaser

Hosted by Atlantic Aviation  at the Albuquerque Sunport, the children first got to climb around the cockpit, talk to the pilots and then take some of their friends and family along for a ride.

Lounging in luxurious, executive leather seats, the passengers were taken high over the Manzano and Sandia Mountains and across the city for about 30 minutes of enjoying the view.

Make-A-Wish grants wishes to kids who are battling life-threatening medical conditions.

The activities are designed to promote hope, strength and quality of life.

Sometimes, that also means a family vacation like the trip to Florida recently given to the Aldridge family on behalf of young Ethan.

“It was fabulous. we had a full week of just spending time, not worrying about doctor’s appointments or having to pay for things,” said Ethan’s mom, Letitia Meglan Aldridge.

The flights by the Dream Chaser over New Mexico were provided free by International Jet Aviation of Denver, Colorado. To make longer flights for families possible, Make-A-Wish New Mexico is seeking donations of frequent flyer miles from the traveling public. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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