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Corcorans join Air National Guard pilot for special fight

Air National Guard Lt. Col. John Klatt invited Boston Marathon bombing survivors, Celeste Corcoran from Lowell and her daughter Sydney, 20, to fly in formation over the Merrimack Valley. Klatt is one of the top performing aerobatic pilots in the country. He will be performing with his fellow stunt-pilots of the John Klatt Airshows this Saturday and Sunday along with the Blue Angels at the Quonset Air Show in Rhode Island where the Corcorans will be his VIP guests. Celeste(left) and Sydney walk to the plane Celeste flew in reflected in a puddle from a rainshower.
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Celeste (left) and Sydney Corcoran walked toward a plane in North Andover on Thursday.
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Air National Guard Lt. Col. John Klatt, one of the top performing aerobatic pilots in the country, invited Boston Marathon bombing survivors Celeste Corcoran and her daughter, Sydney, from Lowell, to join him for a flight in formation with other planes over the Merrimack Valley.

Klatt was moved to invite the family to fly with him after reading about their story of recovery.

Below are scenes from the flight.

Klatt helped Celeste, who lost both both legs in the bombing, into the plane. Sydney suffered severe leg trauma.
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Klatt helped Celeste, who lost both both legs in the bombing, into the plane. Sydney suffered severe leg trauma.

Celeste gave her husband, Kevin, the thumbs up from the front seat before takeoff.
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Celeste gave her husband, Kevin Corcoran, a thumbs up from the front seat before takeoff.

Celeste flew in the front seat of Klatt’s plane (front), Sydney was in the front seat of pilot Dell Coller’s plane (back), and Kevin flew in the same plane as the photographer.
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Celeste flew in the front seat of Klatt’s plane (front), Sydney was in the front seat of pilot Dell Coller’s plane (rear), and Kevin flew in the same plane as the photographer.
When they were flying close together, Sydney and Celeste kept looking at each other and giving the thumbs up.
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When they were flying close together, Sydney and Celeste kept looking at each other and giving the thumbs up.
They did some stunts on the flights. During one, Klatt let Celeste take control of the plane and perform her own barrel roll.
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They did some stunts on the flights. During one, Klatt let Celeste take control of the plane and perform her own barrel roll.
Family members and workers took photos on the ground at Lawrence Regional Airport in North Andover.
John Tlumacki/Globe Staff
Family members and workers took photos on the ground at Lawrence Regional Airport in North Andover.
Klatt will be performing with his fellow stunt-pilots of the John Klatt Airshows this Saturday and Sunday along with the Blue Angels at the Quonset Air Show in Rhode Island where the Corcorans will be his VIP guests.
John Tlumacki/Globe Staff
Klatt will be performing with his fellow stunt-pilots of the John Klatt Airshows this Saturday and Sunday along with the Blue Angels at the Quonset Air Show in Rhode Island, where the Corcorans will be his VIP guests.

Sydney said she felt like a bird when she was up in the air. Everyone could communicate through headsets during the flights.
John Tlumacki/Globe Staff
Sydney said she felt like a bird when she was up in the air. Everyone could communicate through headsets during the flight.

Celeste and Klatt hugged after their flight. As he helped Celeste out of the plane, he remarked, “She’s everything Boston Strong stands for.”
John Tlumacki/Globe Staff
Celeste and Klatt hugged after their flight. As he helped Celeste out of the plane, he remarked, “She’s everything Boston Strong stands for.”