Whiteman AFB hosts Batman-themed Pilot for a Day tour

Airman 1st Class Henry Schuermann, Firefighter, 509th Civil Engineer Squadron, teaches Emil “Batman” Conley and his father Marcus from Lee Summit, Missouri, how to shoot water out of a fire truck during the Pilot for a Day tour on July 19, 2019, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. Emil received a flight suit along with a patch with his call sign “Batman” the day prior at a pool party hosted by the 393rd Bomb Squadron. Emil has medulloblastoma, which is the most common malignant brain tumor for children, and accounts for about 20 percent of all childhood brain tumors. Whiteman AFB collaborates with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to coordinate these tours. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas Barley)

Airman 1st Class Henry Schuermann, Firefighter, 509th Civil Engineer Squadron, teaches Emil “Batman” Conley and his father Marcus from Lee Summit, Missouri, how to shoot water out of a fire truck during the Pilot for a Day tour on July 19, 2019, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. Emil received a flight suit along with a patch with his call sign “Batman” the day prior at a pool party hosted by the 393rd Bomb Squadron. Emil has medulloblastoma, which is the most common malignant brain tumor for children, and accounts for about 20 percent of all childhood brain tumors. Whiteman AFB collaborates with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to coordinate these tours. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas Barley)

Airman 1st Class Henry Schuermann, Firefighter, 509th Civil Engineer Squadron, teaches Emil “Batman” Conley and his father Marcus from Lee Summit, Missouri, how to shoot water out of a fire truck during the Pilot for a Day tour on July 19, 2019, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. Emil received a flight suit along with a patch with his call sign “Batman” the day prior at a pool party hosted by the 393rd Bomb Squadron. Emil has medulloblastoma, which is the most common malignant brain tumor for children, and accounts for about 20 percent of all childhood brain tumors. Whiteman AFB collaborates with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to coordinate these tours. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas Barley)

Airman 1st Class Henry Schuermann, Firefighter, 509th Civil Engineer Squadron, teaches Emil “Batman” Conley and his father Marcus from Lee Summit, Missouri, how to shoot water out of a fire truck during the Pilot for a Day tour on July 19, 2019, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. Emil received a flight suit along with a patch with his call sign “Batman” the day prior at a pool party hosted by the 393rd Bomb Squadron. Emil has medulloblastoma, which is the most common malignant brain tumor for children, and accounts for about 20 percent of all childhood brain tumors. Whiteman AFB collaborates with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to coordinate these tours. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas Barley)

Emil “Batman” Conley from Lee Summit, Missouri, watches Airman 1st Class Jacob Adamson, Firefighter, 509th Civil Engineer Squadron, assist his brother Eli Conley put on a fire fighter suit during a Pilot for a Day tour on July 19, 2019, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. After putting on the suit, Eli went on to perform several fire-fighting drills, which included carrying a dummy to safety and climbing a four story tower. Emil has medulloblastoma, which is the most common malignant brain tumor for children, and accounts for about 20 percent of all childhood brain tumors. Whiteman AFB collaborates with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to coordinate these tours. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas Barley)

Emil “Batman” Conley from Lee Summit, Missouri, watches Airman 1st Class Jacob Adamson, Firefighter, 509th Civil Engineer Squadron, assist his brother Eli Conley put on a fire fighter suit during a Pilot for a Day tour on July 19, 2019, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. After putting on the suit, Eli went on to perform several fire-fighting drills, which included carrying a dummy to safety and climbing a four story tower. Emil has medulloblastoma, which is the most common malignant brain tumor for children, and accounts for about 20 percent of all childhood brain tumors. Whiteman AFB collaborates with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to coordinate these tours. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas Barley)

Eli Conley from Lee Summit, carries a fire-fighting rescue mannequin during a Pilot for a Day tour on July 19, 2019, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. Emil has medulloblastoma, which is the most common malignant brain tumor of childhood, and it accounts for about 20 percent of all childhood brain tumors. Medulloblastoma can be treated with surgery, radiation therapy, as well as chemotherapy. Whiteman AFB collaborates with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to coordinate these tours. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas Barley)

Eli Conley from Lee Summit, carries a fire-fighting rescue mannequin during a Pilot for a Day tour on July 19, 2019, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. Emil has medulloblastoma, which is the most common malignant brain tumor of childhood, and it accounts for about 20 percent of all childhood brain tumors. Medulloblastoma can be treated with surgery, radiation therapy, as well as chemotherapy. Whiteman AFB collaborates with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to coordinate these tours. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas Barley)

Emil “Batman” Conley from Lee Summit, Missouri, tests the egress system during his Pilot for a Day tour on July 19, 2019, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. Aircrew Flight Equipment specialist perform maintenance and coordination of seats, hatches, canopies and modules, to ensure that pilots can make a safe escape in case of emergency. Emil has medulloblastoma, which is the most common malignant brain tumor for children, and accounts for about 20 percent of all childhood brain tumors. Whiteman AFB collaborates with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to coordinate these tours. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas Barley)

Emil “Batman” Conley from Lee Summit, Missouri, tests the egress system during his Pilot for a Day tour on July 19, 2019, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. Aircrew Flight Equipment specialist perform maintenance and coordination of seats, hatches, canopies and modules, to ensure that pilots can make a safe escape in case of emergency. Emil has medulloblastoma, which is the most common malignant brain tumor for children, and accounts for about 20 percent of all childhood brain tumors. Whiteman AFB collaborates with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to coordinate these tours. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas Barley)

Emil “Batman” Conley from Lee Summit, Missouri, laughs at his brother, Manny Conley, as he tests the egress system during his Pilot for a Day tour on July 19, 2019, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. Aircrew Flight Equipment specialist perform maintenance and coordination of seats, hatches, canopies and modules, to ensure that pilots can make a safe escape in case of emergency. Emil has medulloblastoma, which is the most common malignant brain tumor for children, and accounts for about 20 percent of all childhood brain tumors. Whiteman AFB collaborates with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to coordinate these tours. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas Barley)

Emil “Batman” Conley from Lee Summit, Missouri, laughs at his brother, Manny Conley, as he tests the egress system during his Pilot for a Day tour on July 19, 2019, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. Aircrew Flight Equipment specialist perform maintenance and coordination of seats, hatches, canopies and modules, to ensure that pilots can make a safe escape in case of emergency. Emil has medulloblastoma, which is the most common malignant brain tumor for children, and accounts for about 20 percent of all childhood brain tumors. Whiteman AFB collaborates with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to coordinate these tours. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas Barley)

Tech. Sgt. Christopher Lineberry, quality assurance, 509th Operations Support Squadron, assists Emil “Batman” Conley from Lee Summit, Missouri, with putting on an egress system harness during the Pilot for a Day tour on July 19, 2019, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. Aircrew flight equipment specialists perform maintenance and coordination of seats, hatches, canopies and modules, to ensure that pilots can make a safe escape in case of emergency. Emil has medulloblastoma, which is the most common malignant brain tumor for children, and accounts for about 20 percent of all childhood brain tumors. Whiteman AFB collaborates with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to coordinate these tours. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas Barley)

Tech. Sgt. Christopher Lineberry, quality assurance, 509th Operations Support Squadron, assists Emil “Batman” Conley from Lee Summit, Missouri, with putting on an egress system harness during the Pilot for a Day tour on July 19, 2019, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. Aircrew flight equipment specialists perform maintenance and coordination of seats, hatches, canopies and modules, to ensure that pilots can make a safe escape in case of emergency. Emil has medulloblastoma, which is the most common malignant brain tumor for children, and accounts for about 20 percent of all childhood brain tumors. Whiteman AFB collaborates with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to coordinate these tours. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas Barley)

Emil “Batman” Conley from Lee Summit, Missouri smiles as he feels the pressure caused by his anti-gravity suit during the Pilot for a Day tour on July 19, 2019, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. An anti-g suit is designed to prevent a black-out caused by blood pooling in the lower part of the body when under acceleration, thus depriving the brain of blood. Emil has medulloblastoma, which is the most common malignant brain tumor for children, and accounts for about 20 percent of all childhood brain tumors. Whiteman AFB collaborates with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to coordinate these tours. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas Barley)

Emil “Batman” Conley from Lee Summit, Missouri smiles as he feels the pressure caused by his anti-gravity suit during the Pilot for a Day tour on July 19, 2019, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. An anti-g suit is designed to prevent a black-out caused by blood pooling in the lower part of the body when under acceleration, thus depriving the brain of blood. Emil has medulloblastoma, which is the most common malignant brain tumor for children, and accounts for about 20 percent of all childhood brain tumors. Whiteman AFB collaborates with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to coordinate these tours. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas Barley)

Tech. Sgt. Christopher Lineberry, quality assurance, 509th Operations Support Squadron, turns on an oxygen tester to test an oxygen mask on Emil “Batman” Conley, from Lee Summit, Missouri, during a Pilot for a Day tour on July 19, 2019, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. Emil received a flight suit along with a patch with his call sign “Batman” the day prior at a pool party hosted by the 393rd Bomb Squadron. Emil has medulloblastoma, which is the most common malignant brain tumor for children, and accounts for about 20 percent of all childhood brain tumors. Whiteman AFB collaborates with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to coordinate these tours. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas Barley)

Tech. Sgt. Christopher Lineberry, quality assurance, 509th Operations Support Squadron, turns on an oxygen tester to test an oxygen mask on Emil “Batman” Conley, from Lee Summit, Missouri, during a Pilot for a Day tour on July 19, 2019, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. Emil received a flight suit along with a patch with his call sign “Batman” the day prior at a pool party hosted by the 393rd Bomb Squadron. Emil has medulloblastoma, which is the most common malignant brain tumor for children, and accounts for about 20 percent of all childhood brain tumors. Whiteman AFB collaborates with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to coordinate these tours. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas Barley)

Tech. Sgt. Christopher Lineberry, quality assurance, 509th Operations Support Squadron, test an anti-gravity suit on Emil “Batman” Conley from Lee Summit, Missouri, during the Pilot for a Day tour on July 19, 2019, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. An anti-g suit is worn by aviators and astronauts who are subjected to high levels of accelerated force. Emil has medulloblastoma, which is the most common malignant brain tumor for children, and accounts for about 20 percent of all childhood brain tumors. Whiteman AFB collaborates with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to coordinate these tours. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas Barley)
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Tech. Sgt. Christopher Lineberry, quality assurance, 509th Operations Support Squadron, test an anti-gravity suit on Emil “Batman” Conley from Lee Summit, Missouri, during the Pilot for a Day tour on July 19, 2019, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. An anti-g suit is worn by aviators and astronauts who are subjected to high levels of accelerated force. Emil has medulloblastoma, which is the most common malignant brain tumor for children, and accounts for about 20 percent of all childhood brain tumors. Whiteman AFB collaborates with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to coordinate these tours. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas Barley)

Emil “Batman” Conley from Lee Summit, poses for a photo before an oxygen mask demonstration at the 509th Operations Support Squadron during his Pilot for a Day tour on July 19, 2019, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. Emil has medulloblastoma, which is the most common malignant brain tumor for children, and accounts for about 20 percent of all childhood brain tumors. Medulloblastoma can be treated with surgery, radiation therapy, as well as chemotherapy. Whiteman AFB collaborates with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to coordinate these tours. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas Barley)
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Emil “Batman” Conley from Lee Summit, poses for a photo before an oxygen mask demonstration at the 509th Operations Support Squadron during his Pilot for a Day tour on July 19, 2019, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. Emil has medulloblastoma, which is the most common malignant brain tumor for children, and accounts for about 20 percent of all childhood brain tumors. Medulloblastoma can be treated with surgery, radiation therapy, as well as chemotherapy. Whiteman AFB collaborates with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to coordinate these tours. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas Barley)

A patch is stitched with the name and call sign of Emil “Batman” Conley from Lee Summit, Missouri during the Pilot for a Day tour, on July 19, 2019, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. Emil received his call sign “Batman” from the 393rd Bomb Squadron commander during a pool party that kicked off their tour. Emil has medulloblastoma, which is the most common malignant brain tumor for children, and accounts for about 20 percent of all childhood brain tumors. Whiteman AFB collaborates with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to coordinate these tours. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas Barley)
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A patch is stitched with the name and call sign of Emil “Batman” Conley from Lee Summit, Missouri during the Pilot for a Day tour, on July 19, 2019, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. Emil received his call sign “Batman” from the 393rd Bomb Squadron commander during a pool party that kicked off their tour. Emil has medulloblastoma, which is the most common malignant brain tumor for children, and accounts for about 20 percent of all childhood brain tumors. Whiteman AFB collaborates with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to coordinate these tours. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas Barley)

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Emil “Batman” Conley and his family toured Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, on July 19, 2019, as part of the Pilot for a Day program.

The program is a collaboration between members of Whiteman AFB and the staff of St Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The partnership gives children who are suffering from a variety of diseases and disorders the once in a lifetime opportunity to tour Whiteman AFB and step in the shoes of a B-2 Spirit pilot.

Emil has medulloblastoma, which is the most common malignant brain tumor for children, and accounts for about 20 percent of all childhood brain tumors.

The Batman-themed tour included a variety of activities for the family, which included a ride in the B-2 simulator, a visit with the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team and to the firehouse, as well as a military working dog demonstration.

The program hasn't been around long, however it has already afforded two families the opportunity to tour Whiteman AFB. It is primarily led by Capt. Zachery Ziegler, a B-2 instructor pilot assigned to the 393rd Bomb Squadron, his wife Lily, along with Senior Airman Corale Griffith, an aviation resource management journeyman, assigned to the 393rd BS. They collaborate with organizations with units throughout the base to make tours like this possible.