On Sept. 21, about 300 spouses of active duty airmen gathered at Hurlburt Field to take a tribute flight in aircraft including a CV-22 and C-130.

OKALOOSA COUNTY — About 300 spouses of active duty airmen recently got a bird's eye view of Panama City.

On Sept. 21 Hurlburt Field hosted Hurlburt Spouse's Day, an annual event that allows the spouses of its active-duty members an opportunity to take a tribute flight. Four planes were offered to participants, including a CV-22 and C-1130.

For Christina Marie, who said she's been stationed at the base with her husband for more than a decade, the day was "breathtaking." She chose to take a ride in a CV-22.

"It's the adrenaline, it's the excitement, it's like a helicopter but it's a plane. ... It goes fast, and I like to go fast," said Marie, who added that it was her fourth year participating in the event.

The spouses took a short flight to Panama City, where the plane doors were opened to give them a better view, she added.

"It's a great opportunity," Marie said. "It was like a lifetime of experience. ... Being a military wife, I'm privileged to be able to fly on one of those. It's amazing."