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Dad Transforms Autistic Son’s Wheelchair Into Halloween Tribute to Air Force Grandparents

Dad Transforms Autistic Son’s Wheelchair Into Halloween Tribute to Air Force Grandparents

Inspired by his parents’ military service, a Massachusetts man and his friends spent nearly 100 hours this year building his son a Halloween costume: an incredible replica of the SR-71 Blackbird.

Tom Hardy built the costume around a wheelchair used by his 15-year-old son, Tommy, who has cerebral palsy, Fox News reported.

“We actually got a photo of the SR-71 cockpit,” Hardy said in an interview with local news station WFXT. “So, we cut that out, laminated, then added my father and mother from their military days.”

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Tommy’s grandparents both served in the Air Force. They passed away earlier this year.

Tommy lives with autism and is nonverbal but, according to his dad, loves Halloween.

“To watch Tommy light up and, not only him light up trick or treating as a kid, but also seeing the other kids around him just being like ‘oh, that’s an awesome costume, bud,’” Hardy told WFXT.

“They’re not looking at him like he’s in a wheelchair, just seeing an awesome costume and a little kid going out, having some fun.”


It’s not the first time Hardy has come up with a one-of-a-kind design for his son to wear.

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On past Halloweens, Tommy’s wheelchair has become a Star Wars X-Wing Fighter, the dragon from “Game of Thrones” and a police car.

Cover image: Tommy Hardy. (Screen grab)



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