The $1 Flight to Nowhere Is a Sad Story with a Happy Ending

 58-year-old Bahadur Chand Gupta shows his visitors around the Airbus 1 photo
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Floyd Mayweather recently had four of his hundred-thousand-dollars luxury rides torched in what seemed to be an arson attack. That may have been one of the bad days of his life, but he remains one of the richest sportsmen in the world. These kids in New Delhi, India, will probably never know who the five-division boxing champ is. They also may never get to travel by plane, but at least after taking "The $1 Flight to Nowhere" they know what to expect.
How does Mayweather relate to poor kids in India, or in any other country out there for what that matter? Well, we think he does, especially if we take a retired pilot’s word about the meaning of happiness.

You see, 58-year-old Bahadur Chand Gupta from Haryana in northern India may have retired from being a pilot for the Indian Airline, but he still has a passion for aircrafts. In fact, he knows that most of the people in his country share it too, so the former pilot has decided to find a way to have others experience what he did throughout his career.

It all goes back to when Gupta was still working. He snuck a friend into the airport to show him how an airplane looks like on the inside. Even though he warned him not to speak about it, the friend did, and they were caught.

Fast forward to 2003 and Gupta decided to sell his land and buy a decommissioned Airbus 300 for $92,190. He parked it on the outskirts of New Delhi, on the periphery of the capital’s International Airport. The reason he did that translates into one of the greatest happy endings ever. The plane is mostly visited by children and the underprivileged people in the region. When he’s not asking for anything at all, Gupta charges $1 for a tour that is known as “The $1 Flight to Nowhere” in those parts.

The retired pilot says he does it because he believes everyone should at least know how sitting in a plane feels like, even if they will never actually get to fly with one eventually. And he says he does it because helping others smile makes him feel good.

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