Ryanair Chief Executive Michael O’Leary has expressed his deep regret over the death of Battle of Britain ace Squadron Leader Geoffrey Wellum.
‘He was meant to be taking over the reins on 16 flights between Ireland and the UK on Tuesday if the pilots’ strike is on. We’d even stripped the roof off the cockpit of an Airbus A380 because Geoffrey liked to feel the wind rushing through his hair’ commented a panic-stricken O’Leary.
The youngest of all the Battle of Britain pilots, Geoffrey flew virtually continuously during the war and admitted the Ryanair job would be a ‘veritable doddle’, but was a little disappointed when told although there would be ‘enemy’ aircraft visible he was not to shoot them down.
A number of other restrictions were placed on the RAF ace: gin and tonics were strictly for the passengers, flight attendants were forbidden to sit on his lap during the flight and he was to be limited to one, possibly two victory rolls.
Michael O’Leary added, ‘Does anyone have Harrison Ford’s Number?’