Kids love planes... and pilots!

Kids love planes... and pilots!

Pilot Dave Forney, serving with MAF in Uganda, shares why 'kids love planes'

Kids love planes. That’s pretty universal. Anywhere in the world, if you introduce an airplane to a group of kids, they go bonkers. Especially in places where it’s not an everyday occurrence.

There’s just something cool about a vehicle which can defy the laws of gravity. So, in order to satisfy that curiosity, loads of school kids often come to our hangar in Kajjansi for a field trip to see the airplanes.

It always amazes me how absolutely excited they are to get to see and touch a few parked airplanes. Parked…as in not moving. Engine not running. Just sitting there quietly.

In August I went up to Arua, near South Sudan, and had to spend the day waiting there while another MAF plane came down from South Sudan. I noticed several school bus loads of kids standing a respectable distance from my plane, staring. Mesmerised.

I had plenty of time on my hands and seeing their excitement, I offered to open up my plane and let them each take a turn in the pilot’s seat. You would have thought I had offered them a million bucks! Even the teachers!

A group of kids seemed equally in awe of the pilot. Trust me, there’s nothing special about this pilot and I tried to convince them of that. But they wanted pictures with me too!