Brave mum to take flight in fam­ily’s Splashed Avo

The Observer - - NATION -

MANY peo­ple might have had tongue-in-cheek thoughts about push­ing their mother off a 6m plat­form into wa­ter but that’s ex­actly what one fam­ily plans to do.

Kay Hen­thorn will be on board a home­made av­o­cadoin­spired fly­ing ma­chine, pic­tured to­day, all in the name of fun. Son Josh, 22, is the brains be­hind the de­sign and 49-yearold Kay made an off­hand com­mit­ment to fly the cre­ation in the Red Bull Flug­tag com­pe­ti­tion, if the de­sign was suc­cess­ful.

The fam­ily team Splashed Avo, which in­cludes daugh­ter Gabby and hus­band Rus­sel, was one of those se­lected from hun­dreds of en­tries and Kay be­gan gear­ing her­self up for what could be a bumpy ride.

For the health con­scious Vic­to­rian fam­ily, an av­o­cado was an ob­vi­ous choice for a fly­ing ma­chine. “We are re­ally into fit­ness and healthy eat­ing and it just came into my head first,” he said.

Kay, de­scribed as “up for any­thing”, will be pushed 30m by her fam­ily to the plat­form edge be­fore trust­ing that the ma­chine will soar through the air. “This is prob­a­bly the most ex­treme thing that I have ever done,” she said. The teams will be judged on flight dis­tance, cre­ativ­ity of the craft and show­man­ship when they take the plunge to­day at Mrs Mac­quar­ies Point, Syd­ney.

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