Wing walking pensioner breaks record over the Irish Sea

A 93-year-old-man has become the world's oldest wing walker during a flight from Castle Kennedy in Scotland to City of Derry Airport

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Wing walking pensioner breaks record over the Irish Sea
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British pensioner Tom Lackey recently landed safely in Northern Ireland after wing walking for 91 minutes over the Irish sea.

The dare devil flew from Scotland to City of Derry Airport on a vintage 1943 Boeing Stearman biplane and made an aerial loop while 1000 feet in the air.

The exact aircraft will be exhibited at the Northern Island International Airshow in Portrush County Antrim this weekend.

"It was rather refreshing," said Lackey. "Very, very cold and very, very noisy. It was a very powerful aircraft and the noise was quite terrific because of the engine and the wind,” explained fearless Lackey.

After the flight, he was already talking about his next challenge. "That's the toughest thing I've ever done. I don't think I'd want to do it again," said Lakey. “I’d like to do one in Gibraltar,” he said. “I think I’ve got nine [records] now.”



Lackey attempted his first wing walk 13-years ago after the death of his wife, who had served in the RAF. He has since raised more than £1 million for charity by doing stunts.

Lackey takes a photograph of his late wife on every flight.


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