98-Year-Old Red Oak Man May Be the Oldest Active Pilot in the World
RED OAK, Iowa -- A Red Oak man may soon be named the oldest active pilot in the world. Ernie Smith, 98, is well-known around the town. He goes out for coffee with friends and family. He has his driver's license and gets around town in his car. One place Smith likes to drive is to the Red Oak Airport to enjoy the hobby that keeps him young: Flying.