A former Royal Air Force squadron commander took to the air for the first time in a Spitfire fighter at the age of 102.
The BBC writes about it.
British Jack Hemmings was one of the pioneers of the Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF), the world's largest humanitarian airline.
His twenty-minute flight from London's Biggin Hill was aimed at raising awareness and raising funds for the charity he co-founded 80 years ago.
Hemmings said the flight was "pretty awesome" but "very bumpy": "The handling was a little harder than I expected. It was faster than I've flown in my years in the Air Force. To be honest, I felt a little rusty—and that no wonder, because I'm rusty. You forget how many precautions you have to take."
Jack Hemmings at the helm of a fighter / Photo: Getty Images
In 1948, Jack Hemmings piloted a Miles Gemini wooden plane from Croydon to Nairobi, starting the first British aerial survey to assess humanitarian needs in Central Africa.
The 10-month mission helped launch MAF, which now operates in more than 25 low-income countries and has a fleet of 120 light aircraft.
Hemmings' assignment was to raise awareness and raise funds for MAF.
Jack Hemmings / Photo: Getty Images
He said he hadn't yet decided how he would celebrate his achievement, but added: "I daresay something like a drink might come in handy."
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