Thursday 27 June 2019

Brotherly love: Heartwarming video shows how one Irish pilot made his little brother's day

Mark McConville

Irish pilot Michael McMahon made his five year-old brother's day when he surprised him with a trip to the skies.

Robbie - who has Williams Syndrome - has always wanted to follow in his big brother's footsteps.

Williams Syndrome is a genetic condition that is present at birth and affects around 1 in 10,000 people worldwide.

Michael said; "Robbie has always had an interest in flying. I was five years-old myself when I first had a taste of it. I got my pilot licence on my 17th birthday".

The Offaly native said his relationship with his brother is close: "I would spend most evenings and my days off with Robbie. He is always happy and smiling and wants to have fun all the time."

And did Robbie enjoy the trip to the skies? He was quick to respond; ‘Oh yes I loved it!’

Furthermore, he has asked to go flying every night since.

Michael explains; "The first time I wanted to test it out how he would react.

"We took the plane for a spin up and down the runway a couple of times.

"He was just excited to get up in the air, so after a few minutes we took off and you can see how much he loved it in the video. It was a special day."

Watch the heart-warming clip for yourself, it is guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

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