Turning 85 and taking to the skies

Local man Roy Jones was given the experience of a lifetime last weekend, when he was able to fulfill his boyhood dream of taking to the skies in a 1940s Tiger Moth airplane.

His dream was realised when his son Bruce and daughter-in-law Jen gifted him a ticket for the experience on his 85th birthday.

As a 13 year-old, Roy used to ride his bicycle from Norwood to Parafield just to get a glimpse of private airplanes.

He spent hours on weekends washing and polishing planes with the promise of a flight after a days work.

Unfortunately, these promises were never kept by the owners and Roy had to wait another 72 years before finally getting his chance.

Roy said the experience was better than he’d hoped and was full of praise for Adelaide Biplanes and their staff operating from the Aldinga Airfield; especially his pilot Martin who kept a comprehensive running commentary during the half-hour joyride over the coast.

“It was simply amazing,” said Roy. “It truly exceeded all my expectations; it was almost worth waiting for all these years. It was exhilarating and I’ve finally ticked it off my bucket list.

“The whole experience, from meeting the pilot to saying goodbye was great, I’ll definitely be going back.”

Roy said he now has a taste for flying and wants to get back in the cockpit before his 90th birthday. “I can’t wait to get back in the plane. Next time I want to do a spectacular aerobatic ride,” he said.

COME FLY WITH ME: Local man Roy Jones pictured with Adelaide Biplanes pilot Martin, at Aldinga Airfield in front of a 1940s Tiger Moth biplane.

COME FLY WITH ME: Local man Roy Jones pictured with Adelaide Biplanes pilot Martin, at Aldinga Airfield in front of a 1940s Tiger Moth biplane.