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Squadron leader John, 84, finally gets his wings

He rose to the rank of squadron leader in the RAF - but without ever getting the chance to train as a pilot.

Now, at the age of 84, John Hyde decided to fulfil an ambition he has had for more than 60 years.

After spending £1,000 on flying lessons, he has finally taken to the skies over Cambridgeshire.

It was the latest challenge Mr Hyde had set himself as part of a bid to stay active after his wife Joan died in 2013.

John Hyde, right, has finally learnt to fly. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

When he originally signed up to the RAF for his National Service in 1951, he was told he was not suitable to be a pilot. Instead he was offered the post of navigator. By the time he retired in 1991, he had been promoted to squadron leader - still having never been behind the controls of a plane.

John decided not to go on holiday this year and instead used the money to learn to fly at Conington.

It shows that a squadron leader can still reach for the sky - even at the age of 84.

John Hyde gets ready to fly Credit: ITV News Anglia.