Wing walker Tom Lackey lands safely in Northern Ireland

By David Maxwell
North east reporter

media captionTom Lackey was strapped to the top of a vintage Boeing Stearman biplane.

A 93-year-old man has completed his attempt to break his own world record for being the oldest wing walker.

Tom Lackey made his record attempt over the Irish Sea flying from Castle Kennedy, near Stranraer, in Scotland to City of Derry airport.

The former builder from the West Midlands was strapped to the top of a vintage Boeing Stearman biplane.

Mr Lackey, who made his first wing walk when he was in his 80s, completed the journey in 81 minutes.

image captionTom Lackey has landed safely after completing his world record attempt.

Speaking after his record attempt Mr Lackey said he enjoyed the view from the plane.

"It's nice looking around and seeing the other aircraft around me and seeing all the fields and the sheep scattering when they saw me coming," he said.

"That's the toughest thing I've ever done. I don't think I'd want to do it again."

After crossing over the Irish sea he flew over Larne, Ballymena and Limavady. When he made it to Derry his family where there to greet him.

"He's absolutely mad, but I've grown up with it my whole life so I'm just used to having a mad granddad now," said Verity Joynson, Mr Lackey's granddaughter.

Mr Lackey did his first wing walk to raise money for charity following the death of his wife, who had served in the RAF.

Since then he has repeated the stunt many times and has raised over £1m for charity.

He always carries a photograph of his late wife, Isabel, with him.

The plane will be on display at the Northern Ireland International Airshow in Portrush, County Antrim this weekend.

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