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Wing walking Tom does it again

DAREDEVIL grandad Tom Lackey has received his sixth world record for wing walking.

DAREDEVIL grandad Tom Lackey has received his sixth world record for wing walking.

On Tuesday May 29, Tom went up on a Boeing-Stearman biplane from Rendcomb Aerodrome, Gloucestershire to successfully beat his 2009 record as the Oldest Wing Walker in the Guinness Record Book.

But after 29 wing walks since 2000, Tom, from Shirley, takes it all in his stride.

“It’s scary but that’s why I like it,” he said. “I like the challenge. I’ve done every acrobatics the Civil Air Association have approved of.”

Tom was presented with his certificate while still on top of the plane and was also given a “whacking great” cake after celebrating his 92nd birthday last week.

“I should be old enough to know better,” said the father-of-three. “But in fact, I think I’m getting into my stride.

“My daughters thought I was mad at the beginning but now they’ve seen just how much money I can raise.

“I had a slight stroke in 2003 but it hasn’t stopped me getting my world records.”

The incredible pensioner took up the death-defying hobby in 2000 following the death of his wife Isabel and still carries a picture of her on every one of his challenges.

“Every time I go up in the air I take her up with me.

“She would have killed me when I first started but I think she’d be quite proud of me now.”

Tom has helped raise over £1.5million for various charities and gained five world records. Now the daring grandfather-of-two is already planning his next escapade, the first ever wing walk over the English Channel at night.

“I’m just hoping the CAA will agree to it!”



Cathrina Hulse
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