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WWII veteran celebrates 100th birthday with solo flight over Central Coast

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Posted at 5:49 PM, Oct 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-31 01:32:36-04

A World War II veteran celebrated his 100th birthday Friday by attempting to break a world record.

A small group of friends and family gathered at the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport to cheer on Captain Harry Moyer.

He flew his Mooney-style plane with the goal of setting the world record for "oldest living pilot capable of soloing."

Moyer says flying has always been an exciting experience for him.

"Flying a plane is just an exhilarating experience for me," he said. "It gives you a, I don't know, a view of the ground, a view of the air, and it takes you to places that just are superb."

Moyer still needs to submit footage of his flight to the Guinness Book of World Records.

A panel will review his request and determine whether he actually broke the record.