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A Flight to Nowhere


by Reem Ibrahim
PERSPECTIVES EDITOR

Ever wondered how it’d feel to take a flight to “nowhere”? Well, a retired aircraft engineer is now offering impoverished Indian children the chance to fulfill their dreams. Any child that has ever dreamt of traveling can now have their wishes granted for only one dollar.
The twist, though, is that the airplane never actually leaves the ground. That’s exactly how it earned the nickname, “the flight to nowhere.” The man granting these kids wishes is named Bahadur Chand Gupta, who is a 58 year-old from Haryana in northern India. He purchased the aircraft in 2003 and is currently parked on the outskirts of New Delhi.
The plane is mostly visited by children as well as the citizens who are underprivileged. According to the Nation Multimedia, a teenager named Josma T Jose is experiencing being seated inside an airplane for the first time. “It’s a great experience and will be very useful when I fly in the future.”
It’s exciting for children, especially the ones who have never experienced flying to be able to experience being inside an airplane even if they aren’t necessarily flying. Despite the increase in people choosing air travel, about 55 of the girls who participated in the “flight to nowhere” have never actually flown, reported the Nation Multimedia.
The former engineer started the business three years ago after a crazy amount of requests from random folks asked to board the airplane. He now entertains children three times a week.
It’s truly amazing to know that there is someone out there who is so willing to grant children their wishes, even if it is a flight that necessarily doesn’t go anywhere. But the idea of educating the children about airplanes and flying is enough to make them extremely happy and satisfied.
Even the simplest of actions is enough to prove that there are still kind people in the world. People who are willing to do anything for the sake of others.