Most children celebrate their birthdays with parties, sleepovers, and, of course, cake and gifts. But when Canadian test pilot Raphael Langumier’s daughter, Léa, turned 4 years old in 2015, she had something better in mind for her big day.
Raphael is the president of Aviation RL, a flight testing and aerobatics training company. As such, Léa is very familiar with planes — she’s been flying with her dad since she was just 2! But she’s always had one rule for her trips in the air: no going upside down.
When Léa’s fourth birthday rolled around, though, she was ready to conquer that fear. So she asked Raphael to take her on her first aerobatic ride “and do inverted things.” Her dad was happy to oblige and spun her on the ground beforehand to make sure she was well-prepared.
As the father-daughter duo took off into the air near their home in Lachute, Quebec, Léa didn’t seem very impressed. In fact, she almost looked bored.
That is, until Raphael began flipping the plane. But Léa didn’t scream in fear as he’d suspected. The adorable girl was too busy giggling and squealing with delight!
Once Léa got a taste of the fun sensation, she couldn’t get enough. She kept begging her dad for more in between laughs, yelling out “it’s funny” and “encore” in French.
“Papa, I want my head upside down again,” she implored. And Raphael gave the birthday girl what she wanted — eliciting another fit of precious giggles. Clearly, one of her biggest fears has become one of her favorite things to do!
We could listen to Léa laugh all day. Something tells us this brave kid is destined to follow in her father’s footsteps.
Watch as Léa falls in love with flying upside down in the video below, and share to spread her infectious laugh.
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