I hate flying like the Grinch hates Christmas. Somewhere, deep inside my wrong-headed Scottish cerebrum, lies a deep-seated fear of any activity that involves being strapped into a flying tube with wings 38,000 ft above terra firma. Still, even my inner aviation-hating nut has to admit the recent story of two twin pilots winding down their careers by landing more or less at the same time is pretty darn sweet.
The twin brothers, Captains Jeremy and Nick Hart, have been flying for some thirty years, and somewhat surprisingly, never once flew together. To mark their joint retirement on their 60th birthdays, the pair managed to organise a highly synchronised, and genuinely tender farewell to their profession. Namely, by landing their final respective flights with 30 seconds of each other.
Jeremy kicked off the brotherly retirement shenanigans when he landed his Airbus A320, which took off from Gothenburg and landed at Heathrow, at 12:34. A few seconds later, brother Nick also landed at Heathrow; hitting the runway around 12:35 after setting off from Geneva.
These sort of kickass theatrics shouldn't come as a surprise, because it sounds like the brothers enjoyed quite the eventful career, mainly owing to their twin status. "Jerry had never mentioned to his colleagues at British Airways that he had a twin brother who flew for British Midland, and one day [years ago] a British Airways pilot strode over to me at Heathrow and asked what on Earth I thought I was doing dressing up in a British Midland uniform," Nick Hart told the BBC. "It took a bit of explaining to convince him that I wasn't Jeremy."
Enjoy your retirement, Hart bros. Hopefully, you'll never have to share a flight with a certain horribly nervous flyer.