Apr 15, 2015 10:23 AM by News Staff
PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) - It's official: A 95-year-old Northern California man has set a Guinness World Record as the planet's oldest active pilot.
The Sacramento Bee reported Tuesday that Guinness record keepers confirmed that a flight last month by Peter Weber Jr. qualified him for the record book.
Weber was 95 years, 4 months and 23 days old when he flew three looping circles around an airfield near Sacramento.
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 said the record keepers have designated a new category: Oldest qualified pilot still licensed and flying solo.
The Air Force veteran has been pilot for 72 years and says he flies about twice a month.
Information from: The Sacramento Bee
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