Health and Safety Bans Veteran Spitfire Pilot From Museum Plane Cockpit

By Sam Gibbs on at

In a case of Health and Safety gone mad, a former Spitfire pilot was banned from getting back into the cockpit of a stationary Spitfire held in a museum in Stoke-on-Trent.

91-year-old Eric Carter was stunned when museum staff from the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent told him that he couldn’t hop-aboard the plane, which carried him safely across Russia in top-secret missions during World War II.

“I had to laugh to think I couldn’t sit in a stationary Spitfire in case I got hurt”, said Mr Carter.

“You couldn’t make it up. I used to fly those things every day fighting the Germans.”

The veteran was turned away through fear for his age, after the museum had apparently removed the seat and irradiated the plane by painting it with radium -- the same luminescent radioactive material that’s threatening one of Scotland’s beaches. It certainly would be pretty bloody unlucky to have survived battling the Nazis in a trusty Spitfire, only to succumb to radiation poisoning in the same plane some 60 years on.

What’s the world coming to eh? When an old man can’t relive his youth by sitting in a flying death machine, sat in a museum he’d been specially invited to. Next you’ll be telling me I can’t touch the joypad of a Mega Drive in a retro-gaming exhibit, just in case it gives me RSI. [The Metro]

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