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98-year-old man named world's oldest pilot

Posted at 6:43 PM, Sep 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-16 18:43:04-04

Age is only a number and for one man, his age is putting him in the history books.

The Guinness Book of World Records has named 98-year-old Ernie Smith the oldest active pilot in the world.

He got the news earlier this week.  

"You need to come out here - I got something important to talk about.  So I stepped in the door and I know what...they found somebody older..and he said there is nobody older."

The airport manager and some of his friends encouraged him to go for the title.

He beat the previous record by five years.

He said he plans to keep flying a rented Cessna 150 a couple of times each week, weather permitting.

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