World’s oldest wingwalker (93) touches down at Derry airport

93 YEAR-OLD WING WALKER!. . . .Daredevil Tom Lackey (93) from Solihull, pictured on his arrival at City of Derry Airport yesterday morning, after becoming the oldest person to wing walk from Scotland to City of Derry Airport. The 105 mile flight took 1 hour and 21 minutes. Tom is pictured with the Mayor of Derry, Councillor Martin Reilly and Tom's daughter Anne Joynson and granddaughter Verity (16). DER3513JM024 (Photo: Jim McCafferty)

93 YEAR-OLD WING WALKER!. . . .Daredevil Tom Lackey (93) from Solihull, pictured on his arrival at City of Derry Airport yesterday morning, after becoming the oldest person to wing walk from Scotland to City of Derry Airport. The 105 mile flight took 1 hour and 21 minutes. Tom is pictured with the Mayor of Derry, Councillor Martin Reilly and Tom's daughter Anne Joynson and granddaughter Verity (16). DER3513JM024 (Photo: Jim McCafferty)

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Derry skies welcomed an unusual guest yesterday - a 93 year-old daredevil who flew into the city on the wings of a 1943 Boeing Stearman plane!

Smashing his own record as the world’s oldest wing walker, former builder Tom Lackey descended into City of Derry Airport to cheers from onlookers, including his own daughter and granddaughter.

The stunt was all part of this weekend’s International Airshow in Portrush, although this was no once-off trick for Mr Lackey, who began flying at the grand old age of 80. Indeed, this courageous old fellow now boasts nine world records.

Speaking to the ‘Derry Journal’, Mr Lackey smiled: “It was cold, very cold! I wanted to do it because it hadn’t been done before. People say these things are impossible, but I never liked the word impossible - so the only way to prove it was to do it!”

He added: “My family think I’m mad, and they’re probably right!” SEE P4