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US Navy Pilot Flies In and Reunites with Family

Created: 10/19/2013 11:55 PM KSTP.com
By: Jenna Lohse

(ABC 6 News) -- The military men and women who dedicate their service to our county often times go years without seeing their family members. At the Rochester International Airport today, a United States Navy Pilot flew into the area for the first time and is reunited by his family.

It's not every day you get to witness an F-18 F Super Hornet fly into the Rochester International Airport.

"I would give anything in the world to be in the back seat, I would absolutely love to go up in something like that,” said Tim Mulholland, Uncle of U.S. Navy Lieutenant Jason Mulholland-Heath.

While this jet is something worth waiting out in the rain to see, it's really the pilot running the show that everyone's been anticipating.

U.S. Navy Lieutenant Jason Mulholland Heath grew up in Rochester, but his time in the service takes away from time spent with family. Reuniting with his uncle and several other family members means everything to him.

"It's a once in a life time opportunity that just the way the stars aligned this weekend to be able to do this,” said Mulholland-Heath.

Jason works for a Naval Operational Test Squad in Southern California, testing up-and-coming weapons prior to them going to fleet.

"Being able to fly on the weekends is how we kind of catch up on a lot of the testing and proficiency that we need to have happen,” said Mulholland-Heath.

So he couldn't give up the chance to fly into his home town. But it's spending time with his loved ones that makes the trip worthwhile.

"It's a dream come true, really I mean it's awesome,” said Mulholland-Heath

"Being able to spend some time with him, it's precious little time you get, so you take it,” said Mulholland

Jason tells us he's making the most of his one day in town with his family. Tomorrow morning he will take off from the airport and head back.