New height for Gadsby in MiG 15 joy flight
EDDIE Gadsby went parachute jumping when he turned 60. He did something more extreme when he turned 70 at the weekend.
"Oh crikey is what I thought when I found out about it,'' the Rubyvale resident said.
"I was taken to the aero club by my family and didn't know what I was doing there,'' he said.
"Then I found out I would be a passenger in a MiG 15!''
Mr Gadsby agreed to fly in the jet fighter and reached speeds of 11,000km/h and pressure five times the force of gravity during his half an hour in the air.
"We did barrels, rolls, climbs and dives and more. "When we stopped I knew I had had enough.''
Pilot Richard McDonald said Mr Gadsby coped very well the nine aerobatic maneuvers done in the air.
"Most people ask me to take it easy, but he didn't,'' Mr McDonald said.
"I've flown with a few people in their 70s and once an 85-year-old came up with me in the MiG 15,'' he said. The MiG 15 was constructed in 1956 and flew with Polish forces until 1984.
It takes three minutes to travel between Rockhampton and Yeppoon in it.
After his flight, Mr Gadsby met family and friends at the Pine Beach Hotel to continue celebrations. The flight was a gift from his wife, Pauline, son, Allan, and daughter-in-law Tatzy.
Mr Gadsby is a former mine operator and has always had a love of planes.
He plans on flying in a tiger moth for his 80th birthday.