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'Youngest ever jumbo jet pilot' lands dream job

June 29, 2012, 6:09 amYahoo! New Zealand

A young man not long out of high school is believed to be the world’s youngest jumbo jet pilot, according to reports.

Youngest ever jumbo jet pilot lands dream job
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A young man not long out of high school is believed to be the world’s youngest jumbo jet pilot, according to reports.

Welshman Osian Gwyn Williams has just landed his dream job flying Boeing 747s – and he's just 20 years old.

He'd wanted to be a pilot since he was a boy and got into the cockpit flying light aircraft before he learned to drive.

He obtained his private pilot’s license on his 17th birthday.

Williams left school in 2010 and took up a summer job at Caernarfon Airport in Wales before enrolling with the Oxford Aviation Academy.

Thomas Smith of Caernarfon Airport told the Daily Post Williams was a "natural flyer".

He landed a job as a first officer on the Boeing 747 with Air Atlanta Icelandic within a month of completing his training.

He will be based at Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and will fly various international routes.

Aviation expert Malcolm Dixon told the Post 747s "have traditionally been the domain of the mature pilot who has had many thousands of hours’ experience".

Ed Gardner became the UK's youngest commercial airline pilot in 2008, but he started out on the Boeing 737.


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  1. .jeay4nz09:56am Friday 29th June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Hello Guy's, The language you have Posted on here is bloody Disgusting and shameful as Millions of People read these comments and then Yahoo come along and Hello, Next thing we know, No more comments and you wonder Why, Huh, If I were in their Boots, I would be Closing any comments made by idiots down Permanently, So, Guy's, Get your Act together and be Sensible to Others feelings and let the Honest folk have their say about What really matters when making comments about things we see and read about and Not all this B / S that you are putting on here, Ok,

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  2. 09:36am Friday 29th June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    to az3201: Nobody cares about your life story oldtimer. Give this guy some credit he has worked hard to get where he is. Rather fly with him than some negative whinging yahoo reader.

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  3. LES09:06am Friday 29th June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    well done but planes fly auto pilot these days

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  4. az320108:55am Friday 29th June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Ra ra over experience? This type of rhetoric cannot be argued with, you need experience to understand the value of it, if you survive that long. Hopefully you will understand this one day young man. I too was a pilot and was lucky enough to survive my reckless youth.

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  5. Bryan08:53am Friday 29th June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    he is not a captain , ya dip sticks , he is a co pilot with many hours of experiance , alot of flight training is done in a simulator nowadays , your out of your depth you negative lot , good on him , very hard dedicated work in a short time, shows me he has a high level of calibre and competance ,would fly with him any time , typical yahoo reporting though , twist it to make it look like he is pilot in command , sensationalist drama crap yahoo , shame on you

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  6. Willygofar08:41am Friday 29th June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Besides hes a co pilot anyway, in charge when the No 1 is resting in his bunk. Usually at altitude on cruise.

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  7. Willygofar08:39am Friday 29th June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    He's probably be flying Cargo 747 before pax planes. His brain is more agile than someone with thousands of hours, every incident is unique so why the ra ra over experience.

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  8. Yokel08:28am Friday 29th June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Good on him but i wont be on an aircraft that he pilots. Why? Lack of experience!

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  9. Andre08:11am Friday 29th June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Dogs are super intelligent . . . should only bite when the wrong instruments are touched. Too much human error in the flying of planes.

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  10. Peter08:08am Friday 29th June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Good on him, go away baby boomers. move aside lol!

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