RED OAK, Iowa -- What will you be doing at age 98? This Iowa man is flying the skies, and has the Guinness World Record to prove it.
Ernest Eli Smith, born on December 21, 1917, has the record for the Oldest Active Pilot (current). According to Guinness, Smith "still regularly flies light aircraft."
Smith was nominated for the record in February of 2016, according to WHO-TV. In April, a flight piloted by Smith was video recorded to document that he indeed is still an active pilot.
On Monday, September 12, 2016, Smith learned the good news: He officially was granted the Guinness record.
The oldest active pilot (ever) was Cole Kugel from Longmont, Colorado at age 105.