Colorado Springs boy takes the ultimate ride inside a rainbow plane

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Clyde Hoffman, 11, is not afraid of flying, even though life has been a bumpy ride.

”Clyde was born with a disease, Alagille, which primarily affected his liver,” said Clyde’s father, Mark.

On August 6, 2018, Clyde was able to get a liver transplant. 

“During the transplant, I was asleep, which is a good thing,” Clyde said. 

With the help of Make-A-Wish Colorado and International Jet Aviation, Clyde was able to explore  Colorado Springs aboard a rainbow-painted LearJet.

“This is just amazing,” Clyde said. “I like it so much. This is a nice airplane.”

The flights are courtesy of International Jet Aviation, which started the program in 1990. Known as the Dream Chaser program, the effort is designed to lift the spirits of children who are battling a critical illness. Under the program, whenever one of the company’s jets needs to be repainted or is about to retire, the employees and volunteers paint it in rainbow colors and then visit various cities where they fly small groups of wish kids around their city. 

“This isn’t some wish they had,” International Jet Aviation CEO Lynn Krogh said. “It’s a deal for us to do something fun and get their minds off whatever they are dealing, and tell their friends they did.”

The ride may be over, but Clyde’s biggest wish has yet to take flight. 

“My make a wish to take the longest flight in the world to Singapore,” Clyde said. 

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