I may call my ambition to become a pilot a seven-year
old obsession. My parents seem to have decided what my
career should be. As I learn more about aircraft I become
more and more interested and I believe soon I will have to
disappoint my parents.
My parents want me to be something else. They have
told me several times that they would like me to take up
architecture. But I know that my aptitude is different. My
mother was very frightened. she mentioned all the air crashes
she had read about and told me that it is a hazardous
occupation. My father is not concerned about the hazards
and it seems he wants to realize in me an ambition which he
had nursed in his youth. My friends seem to think that being
a pilot is as good a job as any other, but they wonder if I am
suited for it. Some of my friends think that I am only
interested in the idea of being a pilot, and have warned me
against deceiving myself.
I should think that this idea developed in me when at
the age of nine my father took me for a joy ride on a Cessna.
I still remember its name - The Sky Hawk. I watched what
the pilot did from the time of take-off until landing. I then
imagined myself strapped in the cock-pit, handling the
controls. When an air show was held. I went everyday of the
week to see the demonstrations. It was this air show I
believe, that made me more determined. I am a member of
the Air-Training Corps. One of my hobbies is building model
aircraft, and I have more than a dozen plastic models
suspended from the ceiling of my room. I also make aircraft
models with balsa wood and paper, and spend hours flying
them in the open field next to my house.
I feel that I have the necessary qualities to become a
pilot. My little mathematical ability should enable me to study
the theoretical part of the pilot's course. I am in the science
stream and the Physics I learn at school will be an
advantage. My vision is 6/6 and I am above the average in
height. My school has developed in me a sense of
responsibility and I am safety-conscious.
I am not sure whether I would like to be a commercial pilot handling passenger aircraft or a fighter-pilot in the air
force. Being a commercial pilot has several material
advantages. Commercial pilots are very highly paid and are
also given many fringe benefits. They can travel to all the
cities that their airline serves. If they get tired of one circuit,
they can switch to another and visit all the countries in the
new itinerary. When out of the country, they are given
excellent accommodation and other benefits.
Being a fighter pilot, though it means being paid less
and having less material advantages, has its thrills and
excitement. Airplanes have always fascinated me and will
continue to do so. I find myself thrilled at seeing new
engines, and new control systems. I shall be able to take my
craft very high and penetrate the atmosphere. I can dive
down, make arcs and do a whole lot of other feats which I
will not be able to do as a pilot officer of a commercial
plane. As a commercial pilot, I would not have as rough a
time as a fighter-pilot. Except for a few squalls and fogs and
mist, commercial pilots control their aircraft with a certain
amount of boredom, and the routine makes their job dull.
Fighter-pilots have to keep on testing new techniques.
As other boys of my age, I have also an ambition. The realization of it may not be possible. I have at least the
satisfaction of having a goal before me and the desire to
reach it will give me sufficient motivation. I hope my
ambition will remain a secret in a conventional sense at