Teen shares plans for future as military pilot

Matthew Madson checks out the cockpit of a helicopter during his stay aboard the USS George H.W. Bush.

Matthew Madson checks out the cockpit of a helicopter during his stay aboard the USS George H.W. Bush. Submitted

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Lt. Michael Hicks showed his cousin, eighth-grader Matthew Madson, around the aircraft carrier he served on during its Tiger Cruise.

Matthew Madson wants to be a military pilot.

Watching the F-18 Hornets take off and return to the 4.5-acre flight deck only inspired the eighth-grader more as he spent two days aboard the USS George H.W. Bush during its Tiger Cruise.

“I knew it was going to be big, but it was giant,” Madson said.

Madson’s cousin Lt. Michael Hicks was part of the crew returning from its inaugural combat deployment on the U.S. Navy’s newest aircraft carrier.

On Tuesday, Madson shared his photos and experiences with his social studies classmates at Lewis and Clark Middle School.

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Matthew Madson, 14, explains a photo he took on an aircraft carrier to classmates in his eighth-grade U.S. history class Tuesday at Lewis and Clark Middle School. Earlier this month, Madson participated in a Tiger Cruise on the USS George H.W. Bush. The program allows family members to visit relatives serving on board Navy ships.

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