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A wing and a prayer for 88-year-old Tom

A FEARLESS pensioner – who has spent his twilight years completing daredevil stunts – is preparing for his biggest challenge.

A FEARLESS pensioner – who has spent his twilight years completing daredevil stunts – is preparing for his biggest challenge.

Eighty-eight-year-old Tom Lackey will be crossing the English Channel, strapped to the top of a biplane.

It will be the longest wingwalk that Tom has attempted – his previous stunts have lasted 20 minutes, but this time he will be in the air for three-quarters of an hour.

The Solihull Road resident, who won a place in the Guiness Book of Records when he became the oldest man to complete a loop-the-loop, will be flying from Kent to Calais.

As always, Tom will be supporting a charity close to his heart.

In his latest escapade, the adrenaline junkie will be raising money for Breakthrough Babes, a local breast cancer support group.

“As long as the weather is good, I’ll be doing the wingwalk in July,” said the former RAF serviceman. “It’s going to be a lot longer and colder than the ones I’ve done in the past.

“There’s also a bit of history to the attempt. We’ll be setting off almost 100 years to the day since the first cross -Channel flight which was completed by Louis Bleriot in 1909.”

Starting wingwalks at the sprightly age of 80, Tom has since raised over £1m for various worthy causes including the Gurkha Welfare Trust and Acorns Children’s Hospice.

While the pensioner has often sworn that the next flight will be his last, he shows no signs of slowing down and was recently voted the Live Younger Personality of the Year.

To sponsor Tom in his latest attempt go to www.justgiving.com/wingwalking.

 

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