Wings is a stirring, cross-generational account of the love of flying inspired by the true story of Walt, a WWII RAF pilot, and his grandson Scott who has his sights set on becoming a modern day airline pilot. Wings weaves together two tales: one set in war-torn northern England, and the other set in the modern-day Illawarra region of New South Wales. As Scott learns about the sacrifices and difficulties Walt overcame to take to the sky, he battles his own challenges in order to follow his dream. As Scott progresses, his grandfather declines – Walt loses his wife, his sight and his hearing – but throughout these difficulties is still there to offer support and encouragement. In following Scott's progress towards his dream, Walt also keeps alive the wonder of his own youth. With insights into the modern day aviation scene and life in the Royal Air Force of World War II, this is a must for anyone who has an interest in history, aviation or simply an old fashioned love story.
He finished just before darkness set in, and with his younger brother Edward tagging eagerly along, he took the bike to the top of a nearby hill. He pushed off, and gathered speed rapidly. Before long he was flying down the hill in the near darkness, bumping and lurching crazily from side to side. Walt let out an involuntary scream of delight, exhilarated by the feel of the rushing air in his face. He took a hand off the handlebars, punching the air in triumph.
As he reached the flat, a figure suddenly materialised in front of him. With a muttered oath, the shadow leapt off the road. Walt turned his wooden handle bars sharply in the other direction. The sudden change in direction proved too much for him to manage with one hand, and he flew off the bike.
“I see you got your bike working,” was Ted’s icy observation as he picked himself up from the side of the road.
Walt dusted himself off. His knee was stinging, but he knew he’d get no sympathy so didn’t mention it. “Yes, isn’t it great? That was my first ride,” he exclaimed excitedly.
“Well since it’s now dark I think it’s also your last ride of the day.”
“What do you think of the bike?” asked Walt.
Ted inspected it critically. “It looks like you’ve done a good job, son.”
Walt grinned. The adrenalin generated by the rapid descent was still coursing through his veins; the praise from his father only served to add to his sense of accomplishment and excitement.
As they picked up the bike, Edward came running down the hill. “You flew like a bird, Wally! Can I have a turn now?”
Ted smiled. “Not tonight, Edward. It’s too dark. But tomorrow is Saturday, so I’m sure there’ll be plenty of time then.”
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This is the story of a grandfather and his grandson and there determination to fly planes though all the odds say it can't be allowed.
“I have to be able to follow my dreams though, Dad,” argued Scott.
“I’m eighteen years old. If I have to give up my dreams at this stage of life, what is there to look forward to?
---Valuable advice to parents. Let your children do their own soaring.
so, read "Wings" for a true picture of how a family ought to be!