- It has been 10 years since pilot Anselm Winston had his commercial pilot license, but he had his first memorable flight recently
- This is due to an emotional revelation that among the passengers on board the jet was his father
- Anselm went ahead to thank his dad for everything he has done for him as fellow passengers clapped for them
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As the doors to an aircraft shut and passengers got into the mood for the flight from Charleston to Miami, 34-year-old pilot Anselm Winston stood up to make an important announcement.
VIP On Board
Looking at the curious passengers, he informed them that onboard the aircraft was a VIP who needed to be recognised.
The young pilot, overwhelmed with emotions, revealed:
“So a little bit about this VIP, he hails from Kingston, Jamaica, born in the small town of Portmore, Jamaica. And that VIP that I’m talking about is my father."
He gave a bit of history on his father's life journey and his sacrifices to get him to the level he was.
That is when he crowned his speech by making it known that for the first time since he got his commercial pilot license he was flying a jet with his father on board.
"I'm very thankful and very blessed to have him," said a teary Winston, accentuated by claps from the cabin.
A Dream Come True
In a post on Facebook, he detailed how it has taken him about 10 years to have the opportunity to share the flying experience with his 72-year-old father.
He added that, finally, the stars aligned and he was able to get his old man on his jet, hoping to give him an experience that he’d never forget.
"I don’t think I need to say much else as the video pretty much shows my emotions better than what I can write. Dad, I’m thankful, I’m blessed and I hope I’ve made both you and mom proud."
Other photos show Winston and his father Ashman seated in the ERJ-175's cockpit.
Blavity records that Winston is known to cherish his parents for all they've done for him, as seen in some of the earlier posts on his social media.
One of the poems he wrote for them reads:
"The ones who raised me. The ones who loved me. The ones who believed in me. The ones that knew I could fly before I had my wings. The ones that are responsible for me becoming the man I am today. The ones who never gave up despite my pitfalls in life."
He concludes the piece by indicating that his parents are like no other and that he will always cherish and adore them.
A female pilot was recognised
Meanwhile, it was earlier reported that a young female Nigerian lady, Nwando Okplaeke, was praised by Nigerians for being the first female pilot to land an aircraft at the new Anambra International Airpot on Friday, April 30.
The lady's sister with the handle @SoniaUzama also rejoiced on social media as she said that it was such a proud sister moment.
In one of her posts, the lady said that their dad would have been so proud of Nwando if he was still alive.
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