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British WWII Vet Returns to the Skies for a Cause
I bet you’ve never had a birthday like this. British WWII veteran John Weston turned 90 this week, and he had a celebration in mind that would bring back memories of his days as an RAF rear gunner on a Lancaster Bomber: Weston decided he would do a wing-walk in Lincolnshire, UK, at Wickenby Aerodrome.
For those of you who don’t know, this means that Weston, a 90-year-old man, was going to attach himself to the wing of a plane and hurtle through the air at 500 feet. This is pretty remarkable for a man of Weston’s age, as the stunt requires pretty specific physical capabilities. He had to lose 12 pounds to perform the stunt! But he didn’t just do this stunt for fun.
Weston flew through the air to raise money for Alzheimer’s Disease, the illness that affected his wife in the last years of her life. “For three years [my wife] was reasonably active, then she got very poorly and for the last eight months it was cruel to see her,” he said. “She’d lost the use of her arms, legs, speech and couldn’t swallow.” When you look at the story that way, Weston’s crazy move suddenly becomes a tear-jerking act of undying love and devotion to his wife. Watch the amazing video below, and SHARE this inspirational story with your friends.
I could’t believe this stunt, but when I learned why he did it, I had tears in my eyes.