Aerobatics athlete Chris Sperou on six decades of stunt flying

·

Chris Sperou, 82, is an adrenaline junkie and has been flying aeroplanes as a stunt pilot for more than 60 years. 

His first flight was just as risky as his next. 

“Basically, I was self-taught,” he grins to ABC News.

”The instructor would say ‘go out and do some revision and come back’.”

“I’d go out and put the aeroplane through its paces, so all the advanced [aerobatics] was self-taught”.

Mr Sperou said he wants to continue flying for as long as he can (Photo: ABC News)

Sperou’s love for aviation began in Ceduna in South Australia’s south and took him on an international stage. 

Sperou has represented Australia in international aerobatic championships several times, along with winning a swag of awards locally, and competed at the World Aerobatic Championships six times. 

“I’ve flown in a formation of three aeroplanes, and we won the Australian title seven times and I’ve been the Australian champion 13 times in solo aerobatics,” he said.

Mr Sperou and his long-time flying buddy, Warren Stewart, 83, say they have no intention of slowing down anytime soon. 

“People ask me that, they say because of your age how do you keep going? Buggered if I know,” Mr Stewart told ABC News.

But Mr Sperou knows that time will come one day.

“When I’ve got to start thinking about it while I’m up there doing it, [it’s time to] give it away,” he said.

“Until then, he’s happy to keep turning his life upside down.” 

Source: ABC News

Advertisement

Share:

KEEP UP TO DATE WITH TGH

By subscribing you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Advertisement

Latest News

Cypriot communities across Australia and NZ gather for 51st Annual Conference

On Friday, 24 May, the Federation of Cyprus Communities and Organizations of Australia and NZ officially inaugurated its 51st Annual Conference following a four-year...

Three generations of Pontians raise funds to preserve their ‘second home’ in Sydney

Three generations of proud Pontians supported Pontoxeniteas NSW's 'Winter Wonderland Fundraising Gala' for its 45-year-old Pontian House.

6th Annual Breakfast for Brain Cancer in Sydney: A morning of hope and progress

The White Pearl Foundation hosted its 6th Annual Breakfast for Brain Cancer in Sydney in support of The Brain Cancer Group.

Melbourne’s Greek community gathers to commemorate the Battle of Crete

Melbourne's Greek community gathered at events over the weekend to commemorate the 83rd anniversary of the Battle of Crete.

International conference brings Darwin to Greece and the world

The 4th International Conference on the Hellenic Diaspora begins on May 31 at Charles Darwin University’s (CDU) Casuarina campus.

You May Also Like

Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis seal comeback win at ATP Finals

Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis have scored their first round-robin win at the season-ending ATP Finals at Turin.

Bubble trouble in Omonia Square as prankster turns new fountain into bubble bath

There was trouble bubbling in Omonia Square on Friday morning as pedestrians looked in shock at the new fountain, which had turned into a bubble bath.

‘Olive oil is why I’m still here’: Greek Australians share their secrets to living a long life

'Olive oil is why I'm still here': Greek Australians share their secrets to living a long life with The Weekend Australian Magazine.