Saturday, December 4, 2021

Mac’s Wish: Mac and Parents to Ride in Sky 5 Monday

"Mac is like this epic little free spirit," he said. "He's very positive. He's got a great sense of humor."

— Through Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina, 8-year-old Mac Hogstrom will be flying in WRAL’s Sky 5 with pilot Steve Wiley Monday morning.

Mac will ride in Sky 5 with each of his parents during two separate trips. Departing from Raleigh-Durham International Airport, Mac will be flying over some of his favorite landmarks and locations in Raleigh and Durham.

WRAL is on its third helicopter, and it’s the biggest and fastest Sky 5 yet, flying around 150 miles per hour.

Mac developed an interest for helicopters during his stays at Duke Children’s Hospital, where he could watch them takeoff and land. Make-A-Wish asked WRAL to help fulfill his wish for a helicopter ride in Sky 5.

WRAL had Mac Hogstrom and his family to the WRAL Studios on Wednesday for his wish reveal. Mac’s friendly spirit was loved by everyone in the newsroom.

His infectious smile and positive spirit was talked about all day. Everyone can’t wait to hear about his time aboard Sky 5 and the rest of his wish day.

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