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Pensioner inspired by Red Arrows
Anne Poole (Pic: Peter Jolly)
Ms Poole's instructors praised her determination
An office worker inspired to take up flying after watching the Red Arrows is thought to have become the oldest woman in the UK to get a pilot's licence.

Anne Poole, 65, of Farr, near Inverness, passed the final part of her test in a Piper PA38 Tomahawk.

The achievement came after three years of training at Inverness Airport.

Ms Poole, who works in a solicitor's office in Inverness, said she was "delighted" to finally fulfil her lifelong ambition.

'Lovely feeling'

She said: "As part of the test we have to do navigation exercises, different manoeuvres and landings, and I've done solo flights to Wick and Kirkwall, which was quite nerve-racking.

"It's a lovely feeling just being in control and seeing everything down there."

Ms Poole began taking lessons after seeing the Red Arrows perform at Inverness Airport.

Peter Mack from Highland Flying School, where Ms Poole was instructed, described the new pilot as "gutsy".



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