NCERT Solutions for Class 10 English First Flight Chapter 3 The black aeroplane Questions and Answers
Thinking about the Text
Q1. “I’ll take the risk.” What is the risk? Why does the narrator take it?
Ans. As the narrator flew from Paris to England he was suddenly confronted by a huge group of dark clouds that warned of a storm. The narrator, however, was in a hurry to reach home and join his family for a cosy family breakfast. Therefore, he decided to take the risk of flying through the black clouds though he realised that the visibility would be zero.
Q2. Describe the narrator’s experience as he flew the aeroplane into the storm.
Ans. The narrator drew his Dakota straight into the huge black clouds. Inside the clouds everything around him became black. He was unable to see anything outside the aeroplane. His aeroplane, an old machine, was jumping and twisting in the air. His compass, to his fright, had stopped working and was continuously turning round and round. Within a few seconds, all the other instruments including the radio also died down.
The narrator was now without a compass or radio and above all had no idea where he was. He could see nothing around him. Suddenly, out of nowhere another aeroplane appeared. This second machine had no lights on its wings. But the narrator could see the pilot’s face turned towards him. The narrator in obedience to the second pilot started following him. With very little fuel in his aircraft, the narrator was seized by terror. But then the second pilot began descending and the narrator followed him out through the storm. Thus, he made it out of the clouds.
Q3. Why does the narrator say, “I landed and was not sorry to walk away from the old Dakota…”?
Ans. The narrator heaved a sigh of relief and thanked the Almighty for landing safely. It had been a miraculous escape for him As he got off the aeroplane there was relief, gratitude and joy. The only thing that he found amiss was that he hadn’t been able to thank his Saviour.
Q4. What made the woman in the control centre look at the narrator strangely?
Ans. On reaching the control centre the narrator asked the lady there about the other pilot. This surprised the lady. This was because to the best of her knowledge there hadn’t been any other aeroplane up in the sky other than the narrator’s Dakota.
Q5. Who do you think helped the narrator to reach safely? Discuss this among yourselves and give reasons for your answer.
Ans. The text does not give any clue about the unknown pilot who helped the narrator fly safely out of the storm. It could be said that the pilot guiding the narrator was none other than the Almighty himself who had helped the narrator overcome his fears. Since the control tower too had no sighting of another aeroplane anywhere close to the narrator, we could say that it was a Divine Power that guided the narrator out of that fearsome situation.