Bahadur Chand Gupta is giving poor kids a ‘flight to no where’ only for Rs.50
How about taking a flight to no where, only for Rs.50? Yes, that has been made possible by Bahadur Chand Gupta, a 58 year old Retired Aircraft Engineer who is giving chance to impoverished Indians to fulfill their dreams of air travel, only at Rs.50.
I belong to a small village in Haryana and was the only engineer from my village. When I joined the IA people from my village wanted to see the aircraft from close quarters but due to security reasons that was impossible. That day I thought I should have something outside the security region and this project came into being, said, Bahadur Chand Gupta.
In 2003, Bahadur Chand Gupta purchased the decommissioned Airbus 300 for £60,000, with an aim to fulfill the desire of so many poor Indians to board a flight. The Airbus is parked outside the periphery of Delhi’s international airport and is mostly visited by the children and the region’s underprivileged citizens. Bahadur Chand Gupta, the proud owner of an Airbus A300 has spent years restoring and maintaining the craft’s glory so that children and elders could get a feel of a plane for as cheap as Rs.50, without any hidden costs. Only difference is this flight never takes off!!
Bringing the aircraft to Dwarka was a challenge. This is a huge aircraft with dimensions of 170 feet by 170 feet and weighing 80 tones. The roads leading to this place are very narrow with several wires running overhead. It was a difficult task and to overcome it the aircraft was dismantled into numerous pieces. From chairs to engine, everything was removed and was reassembled here under my supervision.
Visitors are not only entertained within the plane; the package also offers a magic show. All are systematically briefed about the safety measures followed on the plane, including seat-belt fastening, location of emergency exit doors, life jackets and oxygen masks. They also provide training on disaster management to children.
We teach them how to cross the river, how to come out of the smoke area and fire area. After the Kedarnath incident, we started the trolley ride so that people know how to cross a river in case of floods, says Gupta.
Besides bringing smile to the children, Gupta and his wife is also involved in spreading awareness about many problems faced by the society like HIV/AIDs, sanitation problems, smoking and drugs. Gupta’s Centre for Civil Aviation Training is conducting a three-year course in aircraft maintenance engineering, approved by the Ministry of Civil Aviation.
‘Flight to nowhere’, the nickname earned by Gupta’s Airbus, is open from 9.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m., Monday to Saturday. Bahadur Chand Gupta’s flight may not take off, but it has already provided wings to the dreams of many poor kids, by providing awareness and knowledge on many essential things.
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