Orkney pilot to retire after chalking up 12,000 flights

A pilot who has chalked up more than 12,000 flights between the Orkney islands is set to retire after almost a quarter of a century in the job.

Stuart Linklater will fly the 1.5 miles between Westray and Papa Westray for the final time today - a journey believed to be the world's shortest scheduled flight.

Stuart Linklater with his Islander aircraft
Stuart Linklater with his Islander aircraft Credit: Loganair/PA Wire

The 59-year-old started flying for Loganair's inter-isle service in 1988 and has covered more than a million miles in the eight-seater 'Islander' plane.

He said: "Flying the Islander in some of the most challenging weather conditions in Scotland means I've had my fair share of turbulence over the years, but I've enjoyed every minute of it."

Read more on the STV website.

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