LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Look to the skies on Saturday during Thunder Over Louisville and you might just catch Louisville native Lauren Hettich's F-15E.
Captain Lauren Hettich will be flying in that fighter jet with her pilot during the air show. She said she is glad to be a part of such a big celebration right in her hometown.
However, she didn't always want to fly in a F-15E.
"Because I'm 4'11", there was a very brief moment in early high school where I wanted to be a jockey," Hettich said with a laugh.
Every child has a dream. For Hettich, that dream really flew out of nowhere.
"Air Force Academy, wanting to go there was completely out of the blue," Hettich said. "Junior year of high school I was looking for -- I had no idea what I wanted to do -- I was looking for a unique experience."
In her search for that unique experience, she took it to the extreme and ended up in the Air Force Academy. Now she flies in an F-15E for a living.
"It's hard to nail down one thing to love about that jet," Hettich said.
Come Thunder, she will be flying in her beloved jet along with her pilot, showing off to her hometown all the hard work she has put in. From the ground, David Hettich will be watching his beloved daughter.
"When she first got her commission from the Air Force Academy and it was F-15s, I always wondered if she would fly Thunder," David Hettich said. "Yeah --it's happening."
Captain Hettich may be the city's pride and joy, but before all else, she is one father's love and pride.
"Being trained the way she is, she will do her job impeccably," her father said. "I'll be screaming, probably lose my voice. My buddies will be screaming and I'll watch her do her thing."
Captain Hettich added: "This time of year I always want to be home so this time around I am actually -- no kidding -- get to be home and I get to participate so it's pretty cool."
Hettich is currently stationed at the Seymour Johnson Air Force base in North Carolina. She is also getting married this year, so it's been an exciting time for the Hettich family.