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5:32pm 22nd May 2014
(Updated 5:32pm 22nd May 2014)

Is it a bird?

Is it a plane?

No - it is a wing-walking granddad over Land's End.

Tom Lackey has become the first person to reach the Isles of Scilly strapped to the wings of a plane.

He told Pirate FM reaching 90 miles an hour at 1500 feet was a great way to celebrate his 94th birthday: "I've looped the looped, flicks, barrel rolls, the wind can be a bit of the pain and I've crossed the English Channel four times but this has never been done before so here we go.

"I think I've always liked a challenge ... all my life ... and this is another challenge."


Mr Lackey took to the skies from Land’s End Airport after receiving a birthday send-off from the local Sennen Primary School. Tom has dedicated the stunt to Stephen Sutton, the teenage cancer sufferer who lost his battle with the illness last week.

Tom touched down on St Mary’s after a 20 minutes crossing in moderate weather. Tom now becomes the first – and oldest – person to wingwalk the 26 miles to St Mary’s.

After setting the record, Mr Lackey said: “It was a rather refreshing flight I have to say. The weather was against us a little bit, so it was really really cold up there. But I survived and I have to say thanks to the pilot Mike Dentith who got me over in one piece. The views were amazing from up there, but I’m tired out now so looking forward to getting warm and taking the trip back to the mainland by sea this time on the Scillonian ferry.”

This is Tom’s fourth record, he currently holds the Guinness World Records for being the oldest man to do a loop-the-loop on the wing of an aircraft, when he was 86; the oldest man to cross from Dover to Calais and back on the wing of an aircraft, aged 93 and the oldest man to cross the Irish Sea, aged 94.

The Pride of Britain award winner, who is wheelchair bound, was hoisted on top of the plane by a cherry picker for the 40 minute crossing, flying at 1,500ft and reaching speeds of 90mph.

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5:32pm 22nd May 2014

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