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DC3 Flight with Uplift in Kind

26 Aug, 2020

DC3 Flight with Uplift in Kind

CanTeen rangatahi and whānau as well as young people from HeartKids, Child Cancer Foundation, Pillars and Make a Wish gathered at Ardmore on Sunday 9th August for a red carpet experience meeting Betsy, the DC3 aeroplane.

Kind volunteers had prepared morning tea and gave us all a prep session on the DC3 – Betsy – (all the DC3s have 1950s girls names) and the Cessna – the “bugcrushers” – and other aircraft parked close to the DC3 team hangar.

Our group plus whānau were shown around by Andrew (Skippy) whose flying career was with the Australian Airforce and Sam (21), a CanTeen member who has his commercial pilot’s licence. Sam’s  flying career was sadly interrupted by his cancer diagnosis before it could get off the ground – literally – and was able to give tips and add more info and answer all the questions. Sam was so happy to be in his element – just being with the planes and knowing he was going to take off again.

Everyone – including family – had the opportunity to go on board Betsy and check out the roomy rows (there’s definitely less legroom on planes these days) and the cockpit.

Then all the rangatahi boarded, the propellers started up and thumbs up for the scenic flight out over South Auckland, over the other airport at Mangere and the Manukau Harbour and over the city and Waitematā.

Whānau could enjoy morning tea – and watch progress on the radar screen. All the nerves and shyness had turned into the huge smiles we saw as the rangatahi climbed down Betsy’s stairs to the ground.

Such a buzz for everyone! Not just the young people, but their families too.

Huge thanks to Tony McCombe of Uplift in Kind and the DC3 crew who all gave up their time to make this such a memorable morning for CanTeen and others. And thank you to everyone who supported their flight.

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