Denver Centennial Airport-based International Jet Aviation transformed one of its Learjet 35As (N925DM) into Dream Chaser 4 for five days in late January to fly more than 50 children in five Western U.S. cities for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The jet also had a temporary rainbow paint scheme “to make it special for the children,” who ranged in age from four to 17 years old. International Jet crews flew more than 50 kids over 10 round-robin, 40-minute sightseeing flights–amassing more than 2,000 miles in total–from Denver; Colorado Springs; Albuquerque, N.M.; Salt Lake City; and Orange County, Calif. After the flights, each of the children signed the side of the airplane.
“Many employees of International Jet volunteered their time to make this possible,” said company CEO Lynn Krogh. “Our job on those 10 flights was to help the kids forget why they had an invitation to be there in the first place. It was rewarding to see how much happiness we brought to those children.”
The January event marked the fourth time that International Jet has done these Make-A-Wish flights. “The first was in 1990, and we time these flights to occur just before the Learjet is scheduled for a major inspection and new paint,” assistant director of operations Doug Strangfeld told AIN. He added that International Jet donates the aircraft, crew and fuel on the flights. At press time, the Learjet’s rainbow paint scheme was being stripped so it can be repainted in more traditional livery.