A British Airways captain’s charming children’s books about the adventures of two young pilots, Polly & Ollie, written to reduce the fear of flying, are now a YouTube animated series.
In “Let’s Go See” by Rob Johnson, the pilots travel to famous landmarks around the world accompanied by the “Junior Jets” – an eclectic group of children who serve as role models for young people.
Pilot Polly & Pilot Ollie started their animated adventures this week with a trip to the Pyramids of Egypt. In the series, they then travel to New York, the Amazon rainforest, Machu Picchu and Uluru – all aboard their own solar-powered jet aircraft, the JJ-1.
Long-haul pilot Rob told his children bedtime stories to fill in the gaps when he was not working at home.
The stories then became a bestseller series about the adventures of two pilots – Polly & Ollie.
Rob said, “When my children were young, it was difficult for them to understand where I was when I disappeared on a long haul flight. I invented Pilot Polly & Pilot Ollie to help them understand my job as a BA captain.
“The guys loved the stories, so we decided to publish them as books, and tens of thousands of sales later, the pilots made it to the small screen in their first animated series.
‘The books should explain how flying works and what happens in airports. In the animated series we see different countries and cultures against the backdrop of some of the most famous places in the world.
“Our goal has always been to entertain young people, but also to educate and inspire them – and the cartoon series shows viewers a world full of wonders.
“You can visit the pyramids in Egypt or go to New York and see places you can’t see in real life right now.”
The TV series is accompanied by an app that uses augmented reality to help children view and interact with famous global landmarks, color pictures of characters from the series, play games and watch the pilots’ adventures – all in one secure online Area .
Rob told MailOnline Travel that he has flown cargo around the world but can’t wait to have kids on board again.
He said, “It is an exciting and magical experience for children to travel anywhere and I look forward to welcoming them back on board. They get so excited when they visit the flight deck and see all the dials, switches, and computer screens that we have – and love to ask questions.
“Whether for business or pleasure, the flight experience is often the gateway to something new, and for me as a pilot I love to be part of people’s adventures.”