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  • Who: Bart Bratko

  • What: Oldest person to qualify as a flight instructor

  • Where: United States

Bart Bratko (USA; b. 22 April 1921) qualified as a flight instructor at age 81 years and 176 days at Lawrence Municipal Airport, Massachusetts, USA, on 15 October 2002. He obtained his pilot's licence in 1995.

Bratko owns a Beechcraft F33A Bonanza and a 1964 HA200A Casa Saeta Twin Jet Spanish Trainer, which he flies daily. During the Second World War, he was a Flight Control Officer, attached to the 445th Heavy Bombardment Group, 8th Air Force, USAAF, stationed in Norwich, England.

 

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