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91-year-old WWII pilot proves he’s still got it in the cockpit
Neville Croucher’s really was a “lifelong” dream.
Neville Croucher, a 91-year-old pilot, survived 800 hours of combat missions flying Hawker Hurricane fighters for the Allies in World War II—so if anyone can appreciate the pleasure of taking to the skies without being shot at, it’s probably him.
The soft-spoken nonagenarian, who describes himself as a “baker’s boy” and vowed to join the Royal Air Force after being strafed by a German plane while making his daily rounds, was recently given the chance to climb aboard a Spitfire, an iconic model dating back to his heyday that he’d never had the chance to pilot. As you’ll see, he hasn’t lost his touch.
It’s nice to know that if the U.K. suffers another campaign of aerial bombardment, veterans like Croucher will be on hand to show us what real resistance and true valor look like.
Miles Klee is a novelist and web culture reporter. The former editor of the Daily Dot’s Unclick section, Klee’s essays, satire, and fiction have appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Vanity Fair, 3:AM, Salon, the Awl, the New York Observer, the Millions, and the Village Voice. He's the author of two odd books of fiction, 'Ivyland' and 'True False.'