California man attemps Guinness record as oldest pilot

Mar 31, 2015 10:36 AM by News Staff

PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) - A 95-year-old Northern California man is trying to set a Guinness World Record as the planet's oldest active pilot.

The Sacramento Bee ( reports Tuesday that Peter Weber Jr. flew three looping circles around an airfield near Sacramento, California, Monday, reportedly qualifying him for the record book.

Guinness lists Cole Kugel as the oldest pilot ever. Kugel, who lived in Longmont, Colo., flew for the last time in 2007 at age 105.

He died the same year, the newspaper reported.

Weber says the record keepers have designated a new category: Oldest qualified pilot still licensed and flying solo.

He has been a pilot for 72 years and says he flies about twice a month.

Weber, who began military service as a private, retired from the Air Force in 1970 as a lieutenant colonel.


Information from: The Sacramento Bee,

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