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One man's bucket list - check

NAS PENSACOLA   --  When the National Naval Aviation Museum reopened this morning, a crowd was already waiting.

On average, 800,000 people come to the National Naval Aviation Museum every year.
But for the last 17 days, no one has been able to get through the door.

"In my lifetime, this is an event."
An event Charlie Booth almost missed.
The Army vet came to Pensacola all the way from Arizona  - to get close to a dream.

"I want to see the F-4-F. That's my dream plane to see."
A dream that's been a part of his life since childhood.
   
He grew up in a small town in Virginia, where F-4-F pilots used to train.
"I always  wanted to be a Navy Aviator."

"They'd fly right over our ten acres, where I'd wave to the pilots as a little kid."

Ever since, he's wanted to see one.
Touch one.
So much so - he put it on his Bucket List.

"It would have been very disappointing not to see this."
For 17 days, Charlie thought his lifelong dream - might be shut down, like the government was.
   
But then, Friday morning came.
The museum opened at nine o'clock.
Charlie was there, and so was the F-4-F

"Oh, what a bird. I've never been up this close to one."
"I can't describe the feeling. I'm shivering and excited."

"Oh, I'm so glad you're open."