In part 1 – “His First Flight” written by Liam OH Hearty, the reader comes to know about a young seagull bird who is afraid of flying. It feels that its wings are not strong enough to make it fly. How he overcomes this fear which all of us face while trying a new venture and the story of his successful maiden flight has been beautifully narrated in the lesson.
For a detailed explanation, word meanings, summary and NCERT solutions of CBSE Class 10 First flight book chapter 3 Two stories About Flying part 1

I. His First Flight

The young seagull called to fly
The young seagull was alone on his ledge. His two brothers and his sister had already flown away. When he wanted to fly, he could not do so. He was very much afraid of flying. Therefore, he failed to gather up the courage to fly. He was really very sad. His father and mother came near him. They called him to fly. They even rebuked him. They threatened that if he did not fly, he would die of hunger there. But he could not even move.

The young seagull can’t fly
That was twenty four hours ago. Since then no one had come near him. He had watched his parents, brothers and sister flying. His parents had been perfecting his brothers and sister how to dive for fish on their own. They called him to fly. But he could not

Heat increases
The sun was rising in the sky. He felt the heat because he had not eaten since the previous nightfall.

Mother reaches near him with food
The seagull closed his eyes standing on one leg. He had the other leg hidden under his wing. He pretended to sleep. But his parents didn’t look at him. However, his mother was looking at him. He saw her tear at a piece of fish at her feet. He gave out a sound to get it. His mother replied in a sound and looked at him. His mother picked a piece of the fish. She flew across to him with it. He leaned out tapping the rock with his feet. His mother flew across trying to get nearer to him. The sight of food made him mad as he was very hungry. But he could not get at it.

Dives for food
The seagull waited a moment in surprise. He wondered why his mother did not come nearer. He was so mad with hunger that he dived at the fish. He fell outwards with a scream and downwards into space. His mother had swooped upwards. As he passed beneath her he heard the swish of her wings.

Flight begins
Then a great fear caught him. His heart stood still. He could hear nothing. But it only lasted a moment. The next moment he felt his wings spread outwards. He felt the wind rushed against his breast feathers. Then it rushed under his stomach, and against his wings. He was not falling headlong now. He was soaring slowly downwards and upwards. He was no longer afraid. He could fly on his own.

Joy of flight
The seagull gave out a joyous scream. He soared higher calling ‘ga, ga, ga’. His mother gave out ‘gaw-col-ah’. Then his father flew over him screaming. Then he saw his brothers and sister flying around him. They were roaring and diving.

The scene around
Then he completely forgot that he had not always been able to fly. He commended himself to dive and soar. He was near the sea now, flying straight over it. He saw a vast green sea beneath him. His parents and his brothers and sister had landed on this green surface of water ahead of him. They were calling him to do the same thing.

Part 1: His First Flight
Key Points:

  1. A Young seagull alone on the ledge brothers and sister flown away parents also busy with them.
  2. Parents, brothers, sisters came repeatedly asked him to fly seagull afraid can’t fly.
  3. Next day standing on the brink of the ledge, tries to fly, but could not muster up courage to take the plunge due to distrust on this wings.
  4. Felt hungry saw his brothers and sisters enjoying food.
  5. cried begged his mother to bring him.
  6. Mother picked a piece of the fish and was flying across to him.
  7. Seagull moved forward tapping the rock with his foot.
  8. The mother came nearer peak halted almost within the reach of his beak.
  9. Seagull surprised madness by hunger dived at the fish.
  10. Seagull felt outwards and downwards with and scream.
  11. Terrorized at first-heart stood still.
  12. Not falling head long now flying downwards and outwards.
  13. Forget that he was not able to fly.
  14. Flying over the sea now made his first flight.


  1. Read the extract given below and Answer the questions that follow Solved.
    The young seagull was alone on his ledge. His two brothers and his sister had already flown away the day before. He had been afraid to fly with them. Somehow he had taken a little run forward to the brink of the ledge and attempted to flap his wings he became afraid. The great expanse of sea stretched down beneath and it was such a long way down miles down.
  1. Choose the characteristic displayed by the sea gull in this passage?.
    (a) excited
    (b) afraid
    (c) brave
    (d) proud
  2. Why was the young seagull life alone?
  3. Which word does ‘brink’ NOT correspond to?
    (a) edge
    (b) margin
    (c) border
    (d) Drink
  4. Choose the option that lists the set of statements that are NOT TRUE according to the given extract.
    (a) The sea gull was afraid to fly.

He leaned out eagerly, tapping the rock with his feet, trying to get nearer to her as she flew across, But when she was just opposite to him, she halted her wings motionless, the piece of fish in her beak almost within reach of his beak. He waited a moment in surprise wondering why she did not come nearer, and then maddened by hunger, dived at the fish.

  1. How did the sea gull feel whille trying to fly?
    (a) Discouraged
    (b) Fearless
    (c) Hesitant
    (d) Cheerful
  2. The mother held the piece of fish for a reason. Pick the correct answer from the given choises.
    (a) She held it to tease the sea gull
    (b) She held it to tempt the sea gull
    (c) She held it to feed the hungry sea gull’s brother
    (d) She held it to eat it herself
  3. Which one of the following words does NOT correspond to the meaning of the word ‘dived’ in the passage?
    (a) Jump
    (b) Plunge
    (c) Descent
    (d) Devour
  4. The young sea gull took a long time to take its first flight.
  5. What compelled the young sea gull to finally fly? Choose the options which are true.
    (a) Hunger and fright
    (b) Hunger and desire
    (c) Joy and delight to fly
    (d) Compulsion and anxiety.

Short Answer Questions (40-50 words)
(3 Marks)

  1. What did the young sea gull’s siblings do while he was afraid to fly? Solved
    Answer: The young sea gull’s parents, brothers and sisters asked him to fly while they enjoyed their food.
  2. How did the parents react when the sea gull was finally able to fly?
  3. What did the young sea gull do out of his ledge while the father tried to encourage it?
  4. What was the sea gull’s father do?
  5. Who fed the young sea gull?

Long Answer type questions (100-120 words) (6 marks)

  1. When did the seagull get over his fear of flying over the sea? Solved Answer-The seagull was afraid of flying when he looked at the vast expanse of the sea. He thought that he would drown. The family also felt that it needed to fly so they decided to teach him a lesson. They left him and flew away. The mother held a piece of fish in its beak and kept tempting it to fly. The seagull became very hungry. Hunger maddened him and he dived. He screamed with fright. His wings finally supported him and the flapped them. Finally he was floating in the air and his fear was over.
  2. What difference do you find in the behavior of the young sea gull in the very beginning and at the end of the story?

3. Who was the first teacher of the young seagull? How did the teacher teach the young seagull?

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