A Journey By Air
A Flight By An Aeroplance
In September last, my father went to Delhi from Allahabad by a plane. He had to attend the meetings of the parliament. I requested him to take me with him. He agreed. I was very much pleased.
My father is an M.P. He went in a car from Allahabad to aerodrome in the morning. Our seats had already been reserved. I was much pleased to see the aerodrome. I saw a number of aeroplanes there. One aeroplane just came to the ground. People got down from it. Some were being cleaned and repaired . Our plane was ready for the flight.
Our luggage was put in the plane. We entered it. I wondered to see the plane. I had seen a plane from a distance. I never thought that it was so big. The plane was standing on wheels. It had two large wings. There were cushioned seats inside. There were windows and also holes at the floor to see through. We took our seats.
Just at 8 o’clock the pilot started the engine. The plane began to move on the ground. It left the ground. It rose higher and higher. I was filled with joy as well as fear.
I looked down through the holes. I saw towns, villages, trees and fields passing below. The houses and trees looked very small. The men and animals looked like small dots. I was given a small spy- glass to see through it. Now I could see everything clearly. The wind was roaring and our plane was flying at the rate of 400 kilometers an hour. It was pleasant to fly over towns. And cities like the birds. Though it was hot on the land, but it was cool in the plane.
I asked my father some questions about the plane. My father gave short answers. But one of the passengers knew all about machines. He saw my curiosity. He explained everything in detail. I was pleased to know so many new things about eh plane.
I saw the big city of Kanpur. I caught sight of the clouds of smoke rising from chimneys. But we could see only the tops. We then passed over the towers of Taj Mahal and the fort of Agra. Our plane did not stop at any place like train. Very soon large buildings came into my sight. I asked my father what that city was I was surprised to know that it was Delhi. I had never expected to reach Delhi so soon. In a few minutes our palne began to take round and round. Very soon it came down on the ground. We reached Delhi in two hours.
I got down. I saw Indira Gandhi airport. It was very big. I was very happy at the end of my flight.
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I have two uncles living abroad. One is in England and the other in the U.S.A.
They have been writing constantly to my father to send me there during my summer vacations. This year my uncle, who is in England, invited me. I persuaded my father to allow me to visit him. He agreed after great persuasion. Dates and programme in connection with my departure were worked out. It was decided that I should travel by a British Airways plane.
I applied for the passport and completed other formalities. After getting my passport, visa was obtained from the British Embassy. I was asked to report two hours before the departure of the plane at the airline counter. I, along with my parents, who came to see me off, reached Indira Gandhi International Airport and reported at the counter of British Airways.
The usual formality was gone through. They took away my suitcase and bag, after thorough examination for putting into the luggage room of the plane and allowed to have my brief case with me.
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I boarded the plane. The air-hostess checked my ticket and led me to the seat marked in the chart. When all the passengers had boarded and the time for departure came, the doors were closed by the crew. Before the take off, an announcement was made that the passengers should fasten belts. The crew also distributed ear plugs for our ears I had a little difficulty with the seat belt, but an air-hostess came to my help. The plane took off smoothly and I was air-borne.
Soon the air-hostess approached every passenger and asked politely if any one of us needed anything to eat. I took coffee and a cake-piece. The plane was flying at a very fast speed. After a few hours, we passed over Suez Canal and then over Cairo.
As the flight was scheduled to be a nonstop, we did not land at Cairo. But after an hour or so, a message was flashed on the screen to fasten our seat-belts as we were landing at Rome airport. Again, I boarded the plane and we took off for London.
Now, it was day light. I saw through journey by aeroplane windowpane of the plane ships looking like toys. We passed over Paris. Soon our plane touched down at Heathrow Airport. This was my destination and end of my journey. My uncle was at the airport to receive me. But I had to go through customs formalities before I could join him. It was the most exciting experience of my life.