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He admires Elon Musk
From the top of his 7 years, this young Ugandan wants to become a pilot AND an astronaut, nothing less! He has impressed his country’s aviation scene, and more, thanks to his knowledge in the field and his basic flying skills.
Shema Graham, now a small Ugandan star, has been interviewed on local television and his name is prefixed in newspapers and on social media with “Captain”.
A math and science lover, the young boy flew three times as an intern on a Cessna 172, reports Reuters.
One morning at Entebbe International Airport, his instructor asked him to explain the operation of the engines of a Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft parked on the tarmac.
His voice struggling to rise above the roar of running engines of an airplane, Graham was able to respond.
“The intake tubes suck the air and inject it into the compressor, the compressor squeezes it with the fans, after having squeezed the air with the fans, it becomes hot”, explains the very young apprentice, proceeding to provide details of how an engine creates thrust.
The young Ugandan’s curiosity for theft was piqued by an unusual incident.
When the latter was 3 years old, a helicopter flew so low that the wind caused by the craft blew the roof of his grandmother’s house while he was playing outside.
“It sparked something in his mind,” said his mother, a travel agent.
Her son then started asking her endless questions about how the planes work, she said.
Last year, she contacted a local aviation academy and Shema started lessons at home. After five months, Mwanaisha offered him practical flying lessons.
“I felt like a flying bird,” Shema said of his first flight.
He was able to fly three times as a co-pilot between January and March, before the pandemic put an end to his training.
Since then, he has focused on aviation theory and immersed himself in videos about aviation and space exploration on his virtual reality viewer.
Because aviation is not all that matters to Shema. He hopes to one day make it to Mars. “My role model is Elon Musk,” said the boy, wearing a white pilot’s shirt and black pants.
Elon Musk, among other things, founded SpaceX, and the private rocket company recently sent two Americans into orbit and hopes to someday send humans to Mars.
Source: Le Sac de Chips