|Richard takes to the air --:
Richard with Christy Hennessey ready for take off
My name is Richard Allenden. It was my birthday on Tuesday 20th of May 1999.
thirteen. I got a model car, a wetsuit and a model aeroplane from my Mum and l got a
surfboard from my Dad.
I received cards in the post from Aunts, Uncles and my grand
parents. The day of my birthday I had a special tea at home. I also had no homework.
teacher allows a boy on his birthday to have no homework. My Mum made a lemon meringue pie
and a chocolate and orange cake especially for me. She doesnt bake often but
whatever she bakes everything tastes
lovely. My teacher and my mother were plotting something but I could not discover what.
This annoyed me.
On the following Saturday, we went for a drive. My friends Oisin and Dara from Dublin were
with me. I did not know where we were going. We set off but I was dying to know where we
were off to. When I saw a sign for the airport I knew that is where we were heading but I
wasnt too sure why.
When we arrived at Waterford Regional Airport,
my Mum called into the terminal building
and I thought we were going to look at the old planes that are there. I like planes so I
thought she had arranged for me to have a look around the plane museum, which they have at
the airport. My Mum then came out with this man who came over to the car and said to me Are you going to stay there all day, young
man or are you coming for a flight. I couldnt believe what he had said.
After all these years I was finally going to get into a real plane. So I said
please. The mans name is Christy Hennessey. He owns a garage in Waterford,
which sells Renault cars. My teacher has a Renault car, which he calls his Porsche.
Christy first showed us around the planes in the hanger.
There was one two wing and the
rest were all single winged planes.
Christy was the pilot of a two-seated aircraft. He is
the head of
the flying club at the airport. My teacher arranged with him to have a flight
around Tramore. It was a clear day but not too sunny.
from the air of the plane
We got into
the plane and he explained the instruments on board. He then
asked me to
fasten my safety belt. We coasted to the top of the runway. Then he said, Push the
throttle up. We started to gather speed; faster and faster the plane went. Then we
were up in the air. The plane began to wobble a bit but Christy soon had it on a level. We
headed due east for Tramore. We came over the sand-hills first, turned right and flew over
the town. The houses looked very small under us. We could see cars moving slowly. We were
up about a thousand feet. I saw the school from the air. It was easy to pick out because
of its unusual shape. The roof is silver in colour. I was able to pick out other places
like the church, the Grand hotel and Splashworld. We flew around for about fifteen
minutes. I had the digital camera. I took many photographs. It was hard to take proper
photos, as the plane kept moving from side to side and the wing kept getting in the way.
Before long it was time to head back. We were in the air for about twenty minutes. I did
not feel well when we landed.
was a birthday to remember. I hope to go up again but it costs a lot of money. I wish I
had been driving the plane. If I had the money I would try and get flying lessons. I think
I will have to wait until I get my own money to do that.
If you get a
chance to get a flying lesson take it. It is a brilliant experience.
I hope to go up again