Oldest Stunt Pilot In Britain Decides It's Time To Retire ... At 90 | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Airborne Unlimited-
Monday

Airborne Unmanned-
Alt. Wednesdays

Airborne Flight Training-Alt. Wednesdays

Airborne Unlimited-
Friday

Airborne Special Programs!

Airborne On ANN

Airborne Unlimited--07.06.20

Airborne-Unmanned--06.24.20

NEW! Airborne-Flight Training--07.01.20

Airborne Unlimited--07.03.20

Airborne's Annual April 1st Episode

Airborne-YouTube

Airborne Unlimited--07.06.20

Airborne-Unmanned--06.24.20

NEW! Airborne-Flight Training--07.01.20

Airborne Unlimited--07.03.20

The 2020 Avionics Innovation Preview!

Wed, Sep 04, 2013

Oldest Stunt Pilot In Britain Decides It's Time To Retire ... At 90

But Doug Gregory Says He Will Continue To Fly

When you think about activities for nonagenarians, aerobatic air show pilot is probably not something that comes immediately to mind. But up until recently, it was top of the list for 90-year-old Doug Gregory, who lives in the U.K. A former RAF pilot, Gregory said he will finally give up flying in air shows ... but not flying.

Gregory flew 67 missions into Germany during WWII, according to a report in the U.K. newspaper The Mail. He also suffered a brain hemorrhage in 1947, and was told he would never fly again. He told The Mail that it was "obvious I could never do commercial flying," but that didn't stop him from pursuing his passion.

That passion manifested itself in a replica WWI SE5a biplane that he built himself between 1983 and 1987 at a cost of 5,000 pounds. Gregory called the plane "brilliant ... for doing stunts and lovely at aerobatics."

But, he said, at 90, he's having difficulty getting into and out of the bipe, and is finding it "very hard" to start. As much as it pains him, he's put the SE5a replica up for sale.

But that won't keep him out of the air. "I plan to stop flying when I die," he told the paper. It is the place where I want to be ... up in the air. It is just wonderful."

(SE5a image in public domain)

FMI: Image of Doug Gregory with SE5a Replica

Advertisement

More News

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.08.20)

Aero Linx: Tuskegee Airmen Scholarship Foundation (TASF) The mission of the Tuskegee Airmen Scholarship Foundation (TASF) is to honor the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen by providing>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.06.20): Approach Light System (ALS)

Approach Light System (ALS) An airport lighting facility which provides visual guidance to landing aircraft by radiating light beams in a directional pattern by which the pilot ali>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.06.20)

Aero Linx: Air Canada Pilots Association (ACPA) With more than 4,300 members who fly passengers and cargo around the world on Air Canada and Air Canada rouge, Air Canada Pilots Ass>[...]

Airborne-Flight Training 07.01.20: WAI Scholarships, eFlyer 2 Report, FSANA 2021

Also: ERAU Maintenance Students, EAA Chapter Scholarship, FlightSafety Maintenance Training, Horizon Int'l Flt Academy With new scholarships being posted weekly, the 2021 WAI schol>[...]

Airborne 07.06.20: Stratos 716X, Phillies Pitcher Lost, King Schools Giveaway

Also: Great Aircraft Raffle, Cancel Culture Strikes Boeing, ABQ Balloon Fiesta Postponed, USCG Rescue Stratos Aircraft has conducted the first flight of its Stratos 716X model - re>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2020 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC