WHEN Melanie Youldon arrived at the airfield in Lee-on-the-Solent, she thought she was having a ride in a helicopter as a birthday treat.
But she was at around 2,000ft high, a Chipmunk plane pulled parallel to Melanie’s K21 glider and through the radio boyfriend Roy Baker asked for Melanie’s hand in marriage – and of course, she said yes.
As the glider landed at HMS Daedalus, Roy had two glasses and a bottle of champagne, alongside an engagement ring.
The couple then marked their engagement with a kiss.
Roy, 28, had been planning the proposal for a month.
He said: ‘I was looking for something different. I thought this would be a good idea. I’m so happy.
‘I said over the radio “Do you trust me? I’ve got a ring, will you marry me?” And she said yes.
‘I am amazingly happy.
‘I feel like it’s the start of a new life. I am very excited about the future.’
Melanie, who lives with Roy in Powerscourt Road, North End, Portsmouth, said she was very nervous about getting into the glider.
‘I didn’t want to do it,’ she said.
‘I didn’t know what I was doing. I didn’t expect this though.
‘I was completely shocked. I’m speechless now. It’s difficult to take it all in.
‘It’s crazy the way he proposed.
‘I would never have expected it to be honest. I’m never going to forget this.’
The couple got together 18 months ago after meeting through work.
Siggi Ingason, an instructor at the Portsmouth naval gliding centre based in Lee-on-the-Solent, helped organise the flight.
He said: ‘We have never done this before.
‘It’s the first time I have done a proposal in the air. It was very good.
‘She was a little nervous to begin with but once we got in the air and she heard him proposing she was very excited.’
The couple celebrated their engagement at the final day of Glorious Goodwood.