Billie Brown has walked this tarmac before. It was two years ago for her son Logan’s 13th birthday.
“He’s wanted to be a pilot since he was little. He wanted to go to the University of Tennessee and then go into the Air Force,” said Billie Brown.
Today, she was at Tri-State Aero for another reason. She was giving Logan the opportunity to go up one last time. He wanted to be a pilot. But that dream was ripped away by the hands of a drunk driver, on a warm night in the middle of March. Logan brown was just 15 years old.
“He always looked at me when he thought I was sad or upset and he looked at me with these caring eyes that I’ll never forget,” said Brown.
Billy Werth knew he wanted to make this day happen for Logan’s mom. He is a ShrinersFest Air Show pilot. He has a personal connection to this story.
“Part of the reason this kind of hits home is, I lost my youngest brother in a car accident when he was 13,” said ShrinersFest Air Show Pilot Billy Werth.
The 2001 Pits Special flew for twenty minutes, high above the crowd at ShrinersFest. All of Logan’s family and friends were looking above.
“I felt like Logan was there with me and he made those jitters go away, so I got brave enough to do a loop-dido and a barrel roll. It was so exciting, it really was,” said Brown.
“May be the most emotional fulfilling ride I’ve ever done,” said Werth.
It’s a memory that will remain in Billie’s heart, until she sees logan again.
“I haven’t really been out in the community since it happened and trying to find a way to get back out there, I felt like this was a great start. This was going to help me and I know Logan was with me,” said Brown.
For those of you that believe, this next part will come as no surprise. High above the earth, the clouds receded and the sun came out. Billie says it was her son’s way of saying thank you, for giving him the ride of his life.
“He was with me. He was with me,” said Brown.
The ride was set up by ShrinersFest. They provided the fuel for the trip.