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Alan H
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Last year for my 70th BD, Lynn bought me a flight in an aerobatic aircraft at Sherburn Aero Club - this one - www.sherburnaeroclub.com/trial-flights/ ... -flight-27 .
Well, fitting in in around covid and holidays caused issues then a fat git broke the canopy and finally the fuel tank sprang a leak, and being an aerobatic aircraft, it had to be mended properly. The tank ended up being sent to New Zealand for repairs (why the fk they didn't get a new one is beyond me!), so finally we managed to sort out a day and that was today.
I got to have a go at flying it around York and that was brill - and pulled some 'G' which was weird and good, and the instructor (who was an ex BA pilot and several years older than me- honest!!) did the hard work. Several loops, rolls, bunts and an Immellmann and more G until I think he saw I had had enough excitement and flew 'normally' for a bit. No I wasn't sick, but I reckon another Top Gun manoeuvre might have done it!
Anyway, a great day out and a well deserved bacon sarnie after we landed.
Still life in the old dog (me!), and I'm a youthful 71 in five weeks!!
Another guy in his thirties there, asked me why, and shouldn't I act my age, and I replied that I didn't know how to act nearly 71 as I'd never been that old before.

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Well thats fantastic Alan,ive done similar in a North American Texan from Shoreham in honour of my Dads passing.He was an RAF pilot in WW2 and did his advanced training on the Texan T6 in Mesa Arizona.like you a few rolls ,loops,bunts ,was enough but gentle level flying before a run and break over the airfield was highlight.dont think i could even climb in now let alone do the aerobatics.got to do these things while you can.one day it be too late.
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A former US President was a WWII fighter pilot and celebrated his 75th, 80th, 85th & 90th birthdays by tandem skydiving.
A friend has Parkinson’s & is in assisted living. A neighbor was recently diagnosed with MS. Both about my age.

I agree — we should enjoy our senior years while we can.
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That was George Bush senior.he flew Grumman Avengers in ww2.not a fighter.torpedo bomber.
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Thought my riding days after 43 years had gone but im fighting on.one of my mates is 82 and gone to an outfit now.keeps him riding.good on him.
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