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Who Has The Most Flying Hours?

Sat Oct 25, 2003 1:30 am

Does anyone know who holds the world record for the number of flying hours?

How about type ratings?

Thanks in advance!
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Sat Oct 25, 2003 1:46 am

I know some guys with probably 10 types. They were firebombers and had flown everything from C-119's through the DC's to P-3's.

As for flight time, there have to be some people out there in the mid to high 20,000 range.TC
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RE: Who Has The Most Flying Hours?

Sat Oct 25, 2003 7:55 am

I just read an article about Clay Lacy - if I remember right he has 30 type ratings and just under 50,000 hours. I think the record is currently held by some guy who recently passed away - he flew pipeline (or transmission wire) patrol in a Piper Super Cub. It was something like 8 to 10 hours a day, 6 days a week, for years. He ended up with something over 50,000 hours if I remember correctly.

RE: Who Has The Most Flying Hours?

Sat Oct 25, 2003 8:11 am

Jetguy -
I know Clay personally, yes, he probably has (estimated) 50,000 hrs...
For the number of type ratings he may be very high...
Actually, he and John Lear (Bill Lear's son) were competing for how many ratings...
There, John Lear might be the winner...
John was at one time working for Clay... early 1970s...
John Lear actually tried to get a Concorde rating through Braniff...
I know he has a number of types on warbirds as well...
Back in early 1980s... for whatever reason, it did not work out...
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RE: Who Has The Most Flying Hours?

Sat Oct 25, 2003 8:45 am

What is Clay's full (official) name? I tried looking him up on the FAA airman registry to see what kinds of type ratings he has, but it has no record of "Clay Lacy".

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RE: Who Has The Most Flying Hours?

Sat Oct 25, 2003 8:57 am

Official name is -
Herschell, or Hershell Clay Lacy -
Not too sure about spelling of his H... name..
Maybe you can enter him as "H. C. Lacy"...
Most sites (FAA) do not enter specific type ratings... do you have one...?
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RE: Who Has The Most Flying Hours?

Sat Oct 25, 2003 9:09 am

Forgot a P.S. here, for info...
John Lear's full name is -
John Olsen Lear - residence in Las Vegas, NV...
Not passing his home phone here, he might be upset...
He is now retired (last job was L-1011 captain, Kalitta) -
Digs for gold in mines in Nevada, also owns a gun store...
Sells machine guns and rocket launchers I think...
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RE: Who Has The Most Flying Hours?

Mon Oct 27, 2003 11:04 pm

I'm sure he wouldn't remember me, but I flew the Grand Canyon with John Lear back in the 70's when he was "between opportunities". He might want to try the Concord type rating thing again, I hear their schedule has freed up a bit now.
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RE: Who Has The Most Flying Hours?

Tue Oct 28, 2003 12:25 am

I was in Montgomery, AL a few weeks ago while one of our birds was getting weighed (my former job).... there was a display in the FBO commemerating the guy that had the "world record" for most flying time- If only i could remember his name. He had somewhere around 58,000 hours- he died a few years ago, had his last logbook entries on display. I'll do some research and see if I can find anything on it. The guy was from MGM-hence the reason for the display.
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RE: Who Has The Most Flying Hours?

Tue Oct 28, 2003 12:43 am

If you are looking for a pilot who has flown the most types then Captain Eric Brown is at the top of the tree with over 400 different types. He was to be the pilot of the Miles M52 which may well have broken the sound barrier before Yeager.

The record for the most number of types flown in as a passenger stands at ove 750 (i think) and is held by a Mr Ernest Shackleton.

I have been lucky enough to attend lectures given by both these people who have has some remarkable flying experiences.
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RE: Who Has The Most Flying Hours?

Tue Oct 28, 2003 12:49 am

And if you are looking for the FAA website that lists type ratings and licenses, try:

Clay Lacy's type ratings are listed, and it's an impressive list:
A/B-377 A/B-727 A/B-747 A/B-747-4 A/CE-500
A/CV-240 A/CV-340 A/CV-440 A/DC-3 A/DC-4
A/DC-6 A/DC-7 A/DC-8 A/DC-9 A/DC-10
A/F-27 A/G-1159 A/G-IV A/HS-125 A/IA-JET
A/L-18 A/L-T33 A/LR-JET A/M-202 A/M-404
A/MS-760 C/B-17 C/CW-46 C/N-B25


RE: Who Has The Most Flying Hours?

Tue Oct 28, 2003 1:09 am

That guy from Alabama was the patrol pilot I had mentioned earlier in this thread. If I remember correctly, nearly all of his time was in a Super Cub. (It makes my butt hurt just thinking about it. Big grin)

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