California man, 95, sets world record as oldest active pilot

PLACERVILLE (CALIFORNIA) (TIP): A 95-year-old California man has become the world’s oldest active pilot.

The Sacramento Bee reported Tuesday that Guinness World Record keepers confirmed that a flight last month by Peter Weber Jr. qualified him for the record book.

Weber was 95 years, 4 months and 23 days old when he flew three looping circles around an airfield near Sacramento on March 30.

Guinness lists Cole Kugel as the oldest pilot ever. Kugel, who lived in Colorado flew for the last time in 2007 at age 105 and died the same year.

Weber says the record keepers have designated a new category: Oldest qualified pilot still licensed and flying solo.

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The Air Force veteran has been pilot for 72 years and says he flies about twice a month.

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