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The sky's the limit for Tom Lackey

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Tom Lackey in jump suit

Tom Lackey, 94

Earlier this year, at the age of 94, Tom Lackey, a former builder, set two new world records. He became the first person in history to wing walk from Land's End to the Isles of Scilly, and in doing so, beat his own previous record as the oldest wing walker.

Tom would be the first to downplay his efforts. Despite being a remarkable feat, it's old hat for the ‘nonagenarian’ fundraiser, who took up the pursuit in his 80s following the death of his beloved wife Isabel from cancer.

The record books say it all. For example, at the age of 86, he became the oldest person to do a loop-the-loop on the wing of an aircraft, while last year, at the age of 93, he became the oldest person to cross the Irish Sea. He also holds the record for being the oldest person to wing walk from Dover to Calais.

Earlier in the year we tagged along with Tom and his family to capture his 94th birthday wing-walk from Land's End to the Scilly Isles. You can watch the video here.

Opening the 2014 Bournemouth Air Festival

Tom Lackey's plane

So, as you can now clearly see, wing walking, breaking records, well, it's all in a day's work for Tom, who, true to form, is taking to the skies again when he steps atop of the wings of a bi-plane to mark the start of this year's Bournemouth Air Festival.

“I’ve been to Bournemouth before and it was the most wonderful experience of my life, as I met the Red Arrows there," Tom told the Bournemouth Echo. "I’m really looking forward to meeting them again. I can’t sleep at night thinking about it. I like a goal in life to live for; I’m not ready for bowls or bingo."

Tom, whose high-octane, adrenaline-pumping pursuits are being supported by insurance provider LV=, says that he has no plans to give up wing walking. Flying has always been a passion of his and previously he has been involved in aerobatics.

Given that his wife also served in the RAF – he has previously and proudly remarked that she has been up more times than him – being up in the air is a way of life for him on so many levels.

There is then, no other way to live for Tom and you can't help but admire his energy and passion for wing walking. He gets a kick out of it and in doing so raises money for charities. It's an extraordinary way of living.

Why settle for ordinary?

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