Stuart Linklater with his Islander eight-seater plane
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Pilot on world's shortest scheduled flight retires

A pilot who has completed the world's shortest scheduled flight more than 13,000 times is retiring after 24 years in the job.

Stuart Linklater, who turns 60 on Monday, will take to the skies over Orkney for his final trip on the route between Westray and Papa Westray on Sunday.

Including taxiing time, the 1.7-mile hop takes just two minutes - although Mr Linklater says the fastest he has ever flown the route is just 53 seconds.

James Shaw reports.

  • 26 May 2013