Miya was a 6-year-old girl who liked to watch airplanes flying in the sky. She always imagined how it would be to fly an airplane by herself one day. She told her dream to her grandpa, who is an engineer. He asked if she would want to hear a story about the Wright brothers. Miya agreed.
Miya's grandpa started the story by telling her how the Wright brothers were two American brothers, Wilbur and Orville. They were bicycle engineers, and they were interested in how a person could fly.
The brothers had a good idea to build something that would lift off the ground and then it would glide through the air. The first time they took their invention to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, they flew for twelve seconds. They were so excited that they threw their hats in the air to celebrate.
Miya's grandpa continued by telling her that their invention was called a "flying machine." He also told her how Wilbur died before he could see his invention take flight. Miya was sad when she heard this part of the story because she knew it was going to be hard for Orville without his brother. She wondered if he ever got to fly his airplane after that day at Kitty Hawk.
Miya's grandpa said that Orville later flew a plane for over eight minutes, which was a new world record at the time. He finished up by telling her that Orville lived until 1948 and he died at age 77 after being an engineer for 66 years!
"Let's go to plane-spotting next to an airport," said Miya.
Miya's grandpa agreed and they went to the airport. They waited until the planes came in for a landing. Then, they watched as the pilots turned off their engines and walked out of the airplane.
Miya was very impressed with their piloting skills. Her grandpa told her that she would have to wait a few years before she could fly her own airplane like that!
"I'm going to be a good student and study hard so I can be an engineer like you one day, Grandpa!" said Miya.
Her grandpa nodded and said, "That's my girl!"
Miya and her grandpa went to the airport for the second time. This time, Miya had a big surprise waiting for her, she got to fly an airplane with her grandpa! Miya's parents were very happy about this.
"One day you will be able to take your own airplane on a flight," said Miya's mother.
Miya smiled and said, "I can't wait!"
Miya and her grandpa flew to Tokyo, Japan. They flew over the ocean, over the city, and over many mountains. Miya took pictures of everything they saw through the airplane window.
Miya's grandpa told her that when she turned 16, she would be able to take her own airplane on a flight. Miya was so excited! She can't wait until she turns 16 so that she can fly airplanes!
Ten years have passed. Miya was turning 16.
Before her birthday, her parents asked: "What do you want for your birthday?"
"I want to take flying lessons," said Miya.
Miya's parents were happy to hear that Miya didn't forget her dream, but they also knew that flying lessons were expensive.
"Miya, you will need to get a job after school if you want to take flying lessons," they said.
"Okay!" said Miya.
Miya started looking for jobs and she wanted one that would pay her a lot of money!
She found a job at a restaurant. She had to work after school and on weekends, but it was worth it . she earned enough money to take flying lessons!
Miya's parents were so proud of her. They could tell she had been working hard.
Miya was happy too. She still worked at the restaurant, but she was also taking flying lessons and doing well in school.
Her friends came to cheer her on when she got her flying certificate.
"Miya, you're such an impressive young woman!"
"I know," said Miya proudly!
Miya couldn't wait to be a pilot and she loved flying so much1
On her first flight she was the co-pilot! When she landed, she could hardly believe it. She had done it!
Miya's flying dream continued. She would go on to fly many more flights and become one of the most successful pilots in the world.