Two Manchester natives rent a helicopter, drive to soccer game — and then drive it back home

Catherine Neville, a Manchester University archaeologist, and her young son were heading to a game between Manchester City and Manchester United — but the sky wasn’t full enough. Finding themselves 25 minutes away from…

Two Manchester natives rent a helicopter, drive to soccer game — and then drive it back home

Catherine Neville, a Manchester University archaeologist, and her young son were heading to a game between Manchester City and Manchester United — but the sky wasn’t full enough. Finding themselves 25 minutes away from the match, they decided to buy a plane for the journey.

“A colleague suggested we could rent a helicopter and fly to the game, but my son had a dream — his dream was to fly a flight-car,” the professor said in a brief interview. The Manchester United members were enamored by the idea, and the team loved it too.

For as little as two hundred pounds, Neville and her son booked a UK-registered aircraft to fly in from a British air strip and park on the soccer match ground. That was just the beginning.

The helicopter picked up the duo at 2 p.m. They had enough time to take a few photographs of the Old Trafford stadium before climbing aboard the flight-car and flying to Manchester. After a quick offload, they were headed to the stadium.

There was only one problem — the seats in the dome section of the stadium were “off the wall,” meaning there was no way to sit in the main section.

“So we borrowed a seat from some visiting employees,” Neville said. “Which we paid for, of course.”

“They were sweet to do so,” she added. “No questions asked.”

Once they reached the stadium, the flight-car’s wings parted like origami. Neville managed to photograph the space — and the amazing view — from the aircraft.

This is called flying a helicopter — and if it’s as cool as it looks, you should check it out.

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