The Flight Of Hope And Joy #WATWB

Have you ever dreamt of flying high but the dream is still a dream. Then hop on to the ‘Flight to Nowhere’, and visualise your dream while it turns into a reality…
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I have grown up in a hill station. At night when we would see lights across the hill, it would be of the cars. On a family wedding in Delhi, I learnt something new. The function was hosted on the terrace of a hotel. I along with my cousins saw some lights in the sky and I said, “look a car is going.” At this one of my cousin’s laughed out loud and stated that “It is an aeroplane, here in Delhi we don’t have hills so we don’t see cars.” Next day I again saw the aeroplane in the broad daylight and I was enamoured by it. Until that day I had just read about it but that day I saw it.

I was very fascinated with the aeroplane flying high in the sky. I thought to myself that, “I am going to fly in it one day.” And yes, my dream did come true. The year I became a teen, I went to spend a considerable part of my vacation with my aunt. Though I had gone with her, due to some prior engagements she was not able to drop me back. She booked an aeroplane ticket for me. I was really happy and excited as it was going to be my first flight and not only that … it was my first solo trip as well. So two milestones achieved in one… Wow, that was indeed a feeling something out of this world.

Like me, there are many children who dream of boarding a plane once in their lifetime. For many, their dreams come true but for some, these dreams remain dreams. Don’t these children deserve that their dreams are fulfilled? Yes very much …

In 2003, Bahadur Chand Gupta, a Retired Aircraft Engineer, bought a decommissioned Airbus 300 for 6 lakh rupees. He raised this money by selling off his land. He hails from a small village in Haryana and knows how many people dream of boarding an aircraft. Bringing the aircraft to Dwarka, New Delhi, was not that easy. Since it weighed up to 80 tonnes, and the roads leading to the site were narrow with overhead wires, the aircraft had to be dismantled. Once at the site, everything from chairs to engine was reassembled again under the supervision of Mr Gupta.

This was how, Aeroplanet, was born with a vision to provide fun along with an experience and learning for the many children who visit the place, for the parents who are unable to afford flight tickets to give their children a flying experience, for those who may be scared of flying and not to forget for those who have never had an opportunity to fly.

Mr Gupta tries to make every child’s visit memorable by issuing them real boarding cards when they enter the premises. Once they board the plane, the flight attendants help them to locate their seats. Chocolates and sweets are offered to them. They are briefed about safety measures, like fastening the seat belt, life jackets, oxygen masks and emergency doors. They are also taken to the cockpit where Mr Gupta demonstrates how a plane is controlled. The visit is ended by giving them an experience of the evacuation drill, where they slide down from the emergency exit doors. Children are also given disaster management training on how to cross a fire or a smoke area, or how to cross a river in case of the plane landing in water. This amazing experience costs Rs 250/- per head to almost free for underprivileged children. The Aeroplanet or the ‘Flight to nowhere’, is operational from Monday to Saturday from 9:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m.

This flight of joy and hope has certainly given wings to a lot of children for whom flying was a distant dream. Not only this, but it has also awakened dreams of becoming future pilots, flight attendants and engineers.

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For the first time linking to We are the World Blogfest #WATWB

Also linking this post to Corinne and Shalini Nair’s #FridayReflections

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Shubhra Rastogi Written by:

Well, about me I can say that I am a certified dentist, healthcare analyst, medical writer and above all a mother of a 3-year-old. Most of my day to day activities revolve around her and she is my inspiration to start this blog. As a mother, I experimented with a lot of new things for my little one in a quest to find the best for her. I just want to share my experiences of being a happy and content mum.

14 Comments

  1. October 26, 2018
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    This is a beautiful post. Some people do think about others. Good that you wrote about this wonderful endeavor. I also grew up in the hills and could relate to how we could see car lights above us.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      October 26, 2018
      Reply

      Yes, there are people who still think for others… Thanks for reading and visiting by…

  2. October 26, 2018
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    What a lovely idea! How lucky the children are to have a real live plane to visit without the hassles of actually flying. Truly cool

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      October 26, 2018
      Reply

      Actually they don’t need to pack their bags and plan an itinerary, yet they have all the fun

  3. October 27, 2018
    Reply

    Thanks Shubhra – this is an extraordinary story of this amazing man Bahadur Chand Gupta, May he be forever blessed for making children happy! May their dream fly!

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      October 27, 2018
      Reply

      Thanks, Susan for visiting and yes lots of blessing for Mr Gupta for making the children happy…

  4. October 27, 2018
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    this was a lovely story to showcase 🙂 I actually had this in my shortlist for this month’s watwb post…

  5. Shubhra Rastogi
    October 27, 2018
    Reply

    Thanks, Dr Roshan. The minute I read about him, I liked what he is doing for the children … giving wings to their distant dreams.

  6. October 28, 2018
    Reply

    This is such a lovely story. So thoughtful of Mr Gupta to give this novel experience to children. He is truly taking them on a flight of hope and joy! Thanks for sharing this beautiful story, Shubhra.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      October 28, 2018
      Reply

      Thanks, Shilpa. I salute the man for making their dreams come true…

  7. October 29, 2018
    Reply

    What an incredible thing to do! Thank you very much for sharing this story, Shubhra. And welcome to Friday Reflections 🙂

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      October 30, 2018
      Reply

      Thanks, Shalini…

  8. October 30, 2018
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    Really wonderful.
    Salute his initiative and dedication.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      October 31, 2018
      Reply

      Thanks, Anita…

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