Richard Browning has been nicknamed the 'real-life Iron Man' for the 1000bhp jet suit he developed (Picture: Royal Navy).
The six-year-old son of a Royal Navy sailor saw his dream come true as he met the man known as the 'real-life Iron Man'.
Bailey Hall met former Royal Marines Reservist Richard Browning as he gave a demonstration of his invention to local children and engineering apprentices.
Mr Browning is an inventor, chief test pilot and founder of Gravity Industries and has become well-known as the 'real-life Iron Man'.
He developed a 1000 brake horse power (bhp) jet suit and recently flew around the infamous assault course at the Commando Training Centre in Lympstone.
When he was only months old, Bailey had surgery to repair a hole in his heart, leaving him with a scar similar to the famous superhero Iron Man.
After seeing Mr Browning's display at Lympstone, Bailey's father Petty Officer Engineering Technician Bruce Hall wrote to Mr Browning and was invited to meet him at HMS Sultan.
"Bailey feels he has a lot in common with the character Iron Man due to having a similar scar from his heart operation," said PO Hall.
"When he saw Richard and his jet suit on the news he got excited, knocked over his cereal and ran to get his Iron Man mask and sat watching the news again and again until it was time to go to school.
"For Bailey to meet his hero and see him flying is a dream come true."
During the display at HMS Sultan, Mr Browning flew around the parade ground and over a Lynx and a Sea King.
The event was organised by the Defence School of Marine Engineering's Commander in charge of training, Commander Antony Quinn, as part of the establishments STEM engagement programme with local schools.