Boy battling illness lives pilot dream

April 15, 2010 5:35:27 PM PDT
An 11-year-old boy with dreams of being a pilot got a taste of what the job is like Thursday.

Peter Bartosek is battling a condition that causes tumors of the nervous system.

Thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Southwest Airlines, and the Chicago Department of Aviation, Thursday was all about Bartosek's love of airplanes.

Bartosek got a pilot's cap and wings, which he needed as he sat in the cockpit and took a tour of a plane.

He also boarded a helicopter for a flight over downtown Chicago.

Bartosek had lunch with the fire department unit that serves Midway, and he went home with a laptop computer complete with flight simulation software.