A Cancer woman’s dream realized by piloting the plane to Shoreham

A YOUNG woman with a life-threatening illness had her dream come true by flying an airplane.

Chloe McLean, 22, has end-stage fibrolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma — a rare liver cancer that affects approximately one in five million people.

She has written a list of things she would like to do, although flying a plane is a big dream of Chloe’s despite her fear of heights.

And on September 9th her dream came true when she flew from Lydd Airport in Kent to Shoreham with her instructor Andrew Hopper.

“It was absolutely terrifying,” she said.

“I did everything except a little at the beginning. I had never been on an airplane but it was always something I wanted to do.

The Argus: Chloe at the controls while Andrew looks onChloe at the controls while Andrew looks on

“I was really grateful to be able to take my older brother with me and we laughed so much with our pilot while we were flying.

“One of the best things was seeing above the clouds and actually walking through one.”

Chloe and her brother landed in Shoreham, where they met Michael Newton and Polina Fedoseyeva, instructors at the airport’s Virtual Aerospace facility.

They were spoiled in the VIP lounge before Chloe took a virtual flight to Heathrow in the Boeing 737 800 simulator.

“Chloe quickly got the ground handling under control and taxied onto the designated runway,” said Michael.

“Then it was takeoff mode and full throttle and she began to climb to cruising altitude of 6,000ft where Chloe took the controls at Heathrow.

“She mastered the complex flight procedure herself and, to our surprise, ended the flight with an almost perfect landing.

The Argus: Michael, Chloe and Polina after the simulator flightMichael, Chloe and Polina after the simulator flight

“She is an amazing young lady and pilot.”

Chloe was then presented with a certificate of completion.

“A fitting testament to their courage, skill and determination,” said Michael.

“We were all very pleased and proud that we were able to help make a very special person’s dream come true.”

Andrew, a retired commercial pilot, and the Lydd team paid for the fees and Virtual Aerospace in Shoreham also waived the fees.

“It was something I wanted to do to challenge myself,” Chloe said.

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