Exmouth grandmother achieves dream with glider flight

PUBLISHED: 16:30 28 August 2015

Yvonne Wardrop in the glider she flew in for her 90th birthday present.

Yvonne Wardrop in the glider she flew in for her 90th birthday present.


An Exmouth great-grandmother has enjoyed a 90th birthday celebration with a difference - taking to the skies in a glider.

Yvonne Wardrop, of Douglas Avenue, asked her children, son David and daughter Vivienne, for the flight as a present, and they arranged for it to happen at Dunkeswell Aerodrome.

On the day, inclement weather looked like it could thwart Yvonne’s plans, but she eventually took two flights – one conventionally, and the second being launched from the airfield’s winch, described as ‘like a rollercoaster’.

On her flights, Yvonne reached a height of around 1,000 feet and was able to take the glider’s controls and fly for a period of time.

For Yvonne, whose children, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren were there to watch her fly, it was the realisation of a dream, and formed part of a packed birthday weekend of celebrations with her family and friends.

Yvonne said: “For many years I have wanted to be up in the air like a bird, and that means no engines.

“I thoroughly enjoyed it, and it achieved what I wanted to do – to be in the air with just rushing air.

“Lots of people said ‘weren’t you afraid?’, and I said no, I had no fear, you’re as safe as anything else. If there was going to be an accident, you could be run over in the road.

“It was superb, and I’m so grateful my family has enabled me to do it, and were there to see it.

“I’m a very lucky lady.”

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