NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Love is in the air.
A Long Island flight instructor proposed to his girlfriend 1,500 feet above the Hudson River on Monday afternoon, and video of the romantic gesture is racking up thousands of hits on YouTube.
Mike Nelson is a pilot at Long Island MacArthur Airport. He brought his girlfriend, Jessica Rispoli, up in a plane for a flight, as he often does with his students. During the flight, he had Jessica read off a checklist of plane-related tasks for him to complete.
He placed the big question on another note inside of the checklist and followed it up with a ring.
She said yes.
“Oh my God!” Rispoli repeatedly exclaimed.
“I don’t think it could have got any more creative,” she said. “It’s like a true love story.”
Nelson said he always knew he wanted the proposal to take place in-flight.
“I always knew I was going to do it somehow on the plane, cause me and her both love to fly,” he said.
Nelson told CBS 2’s Kathryn Brown that he picked the location because he had never taken Rispoli for a trip over the river.
“I was thinking I’ve never taken her down the Hudson River yet, that’d be the perfect place,” he said.
Nelson also arranged for firetrucks to greet the lovebirds upon landing. They provided a surprise splash for the happy couple.
Nelson wasn’t the only one who took to the air to pop the question.
A California man recently flew the friendly skies to give his girlfriend the surprise of her life.
“I cried from right when I read it. I just started sobbing,” Morgan McCarley said.
McCarley’s boyfriend Kelly Gustafson spelled out the question on the ground at her family’s ranch.
“I wanted something big too. I’d always known she’s wanted something big,” Gustafson said.
Waiting on the ground were 70 family members who watched as Gustafson got down on a knee and proposed.
McCarley said yes, but as CBS 2’s Kristine Johnson reported, she would have said yes even without the grand gesture.
“I prayed for someone like Kelly my whole life,” she said.
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