Taking to the skies has put an smile on the faces of a group of youngsters living with disability.
The youngsters took part in Air Smiles Day hosted at BAE Systems’ site at Warton, near Preston.
The day, which was run alongside charity, fly2help, saw them not only get a half-hour flight, but also visit the hangar where the company builds its Typhoon fighter jets and got to ‘adopt’ their own plane.
The seven children, from Woodlands School and Brian House children’s hospice in Blackpool, along with carers and family members also got to visit the on-site fire station and take a ride in a fire engine, fly a Typhoon and Hawk training aircraft in a simulator, and see how the Warton runway operates from its air traffic control tower. Craig Penrice an aircrew advisor at BAE Systems made sure the day was one to remember for the children.
He said: “The whole purpose of an Air Smiles Day is to make what would normally be an ordinary day for these young people, a day they will never forget.
“From the moment they all told us they were really looking forward to the day in the morning, the rest was the day was just a bonus.
“Fly2help was set up by pilots who realise we are privileged to have made a living out of flying and want to give something back, and that is exactly what we did here.”