Richard Chaplin

RAF veteran and grandad Richard Chaplin has finally had his wish granted to take to the skies.

The 91-year-old dad of nine served as a chef in the RAF and in the Territorial Army but never got to fly.

Carer Debbie Collins saw Richard's dream hanging on a "wishing tree" at his care home so she booked him a surprise flight.

Debbie said:

“Apparently he didn’t wait for the pilot’s instructions - he just pulled back on the yoke. It was brilliant to see his face because he was just grinning, especially once we got him on the place."

Mr Chaplin is the last surviving member of his 12-sibling family, having outlived his twin brother and his wife Nancy, who died last September.

They were married for 72 years and had nine children, 14 grandchildren and more than ten great-grandchildren.

You can hear an interview with Richard Chaplin at 9am on Thursday 1st June on BFBS UK with Hatch and Geere. Tune in at