HILL AIR FORCE BASE -- Aumberlee Davis has spent much of the past year and a half of her life dealing with things most kids her age can't imagine.
The 9-year-old Layton resident and Heritage Elementary School fourth-grader was diagnosed with leukemia in February 2010.
Since her diagnosis she's gone to countless doctor appointments, seen the inside of too many hospital rooms and endured months of chemotherapy treatment.
But for a few hours Tuesday, she was able to feel like a normal kid again.
Aumberlee was one of eight children who spent the day with the 388th Fighter Wing as part of the Pilot For A Day program, a joint effort between the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Hill Air Force Base.
The kids, who all have some kind of life-threatening illness, joined 421st Fighter Squadron members for breakfast, received personal flight suits, helmet bags and dog tags, flew in an F-16 flight simulator and attended a private F-16 air show performed by the Viper West demonstration team.
"This program is great," said Aumberlee's father, Steve Davis. "She's spent so much time in the hospital, missing out on normal kid stuff, but things like this give her an opportunity to escape being sick and feel like a kid for a little while."
Aumberlee said her favorite part of the day wasn't the soaring F-16s she saw fly along the flight line, but a survival tactic demonstration given by members of the wing.
"We learned how to start a fire if we get lost in the woods," she said. "It was cool."
Steve Davis said his daughter will continue to receive chemotherapy until July 2012, and if she remains cancer free for five years after that, she'll be considered cured.
"Things are going well right now," Steve Davis said. "We hope it continues."
The day culminated with a ceremony during which the children received a set of pilot wings from Col. Scott Long, commander of the fighter wing.
The 388th hosted another Make-A-Wish event earlier this year in June.
"This year has been very unique," said Krachel Greenwood, communications manager for Make-A-Wish. "We usually only do this event once a year, but this year, the pilots contacted us and said they wanted to do it again, so we opened it up and had a lot of interest again."
Greenwood said Hill covers the cost of the event for all of the Wish Kids and their families.
Capt. John Loveman, an F-16 pilot with the 421st Fighter Squadron and Pilot For A Day program coordinator said the event is one of the year's highlights for the fighter wing.
"Hopefully we can create a memorable experience for these kids and show them what makes the Air Force tick," Loveman said. "But honestly, we probably get more out of this event than the kids do."