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Still gliding at 90: Neville Robinson celebrates his big birthday by taking to the skies at Peterborough and Spalding Gliding Club




Age really is nothing but a number - as 90-year-old Neville Robinson has proved.

As he celebrates his big birthday, he's still taking to the skies in a glider.

The Holbeach pensioner is a long-serving member of Peterborough and Spalding Gliding Club (PSGC), based at Crowland Airfield.

Nev gets strapped into the glider ready for his flight
Nev gets strapped into the glider ready for his flight

And Nev marked his 90th by flying a two-seat glider from the airfield, with an aerotow (a powered aircaft) to 5,000ft, so that he could look down on the clouds below.

Nev always takes a 'safety' pilot or passenger now, but is at the controls for the whole flight, from take-off to landing.

On this occasion, Paul Davey, an instructor at the club, accompanied Neville on the flight, which they both thoroughly enjoyed.

And they're off across the airfield
And they're off across the airfield

Afterwards, Nev cut a specially made birthday cake, depicting a glider flying through clouds, which he shared with his gliding friends.

Nick White, chairman of the gliding club, said: "He has been gliding for over 45 years, and spent time in the USA and Canada as a gliding instructor.

"One of his outstanding achievements was when he found a mountain wave in Canada, and reached a height of 26,000ft.

"Heights such as this can be achieved in the UK too, when flying in mountainous regions, but locally glider pilots rely mainly on thermals to give 'lift' to the glider, which can still reach many thousands of feet on the right day.

Nev climbing out of the glider after an enjoyable flight to celebrate his 90th birthday
Nev climbing out of the glider after an enjoyable flight to celebrate his 90th birthday

"Neville returned to his UK birthplace several years ago and joined PSGC.

"While Nev is our oldest pilot, youngsters can start flying at an early age, and are allowed to fly solo at 14 - if they have reached the required standard, of course.

"We wish Nev many more years of happy flying, and hope to see others following in his footsteps."

Neville Robinson cuts his glider themed 90th birthday cake
Neville Robinson cuts his glider themed 90th birthday cake

So how does Nev feel to be flying at 90?

"The same as I did 45 years ago," he said. "I am just as enthusiastic about it now as I was then."

The club has an open weekend on August 10 and 11 at Crowland Airfield.

For more, go to the club's website at www.psgc.co.uk

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