MONROE, NC (WBTV) - Pruitt Health resident Georgia Sanderson had a lifelong wish granted Tuesday morning at the Charlotte-Monroe Executive Airport.
"I'm excited and I'm nervous," Sanderson said as she boarded a single engine airplane and prepared to take the controls.
Sanderson has long dreamed of flying an airplane and - at 70 years old - her wish came true.
"A family friend used to take me up as a little girl in his plane, and I guess I just got the bug," she said.
Sanderson is a resident at Pruitt Health-Union Pointe in Monroe. As a part of the Second Wind Dreams program, she was asked what her dream would be.
"Our administrator happens to be a pilot, so he was able to work with the local airport to get this set up for Ms. Sanderson," said Pruitt Health employee Anita Gray.
Tuesday morning, the air was a little cool but the Carolina sky was as clear as it could be when Sanderson took to her dream in the sky. She was able to fly the plane for much of the trip with her pilot also helping keep the plane in control.
"I said they better clear a pretty big place for me to land," Sanderson said with a giggle.
She didn't actually land the plane, but the smile on her face when she landed was larger than life.
"I could really get used to that," she said.