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Octogenarian pilots soar above aging stereotypes

Don Newman, 89, left, is the president of United Flying Octogenearians, a club for elderly pilots. He walks with Charles Lopez, a UFO area director, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., earlier this month. (Taimy Alvarez/Sun Sentinel)
Don Newman, 89, left, is the president of United Flying Octogenearians, a club for elderly pilots. He walks with Charles Lopez, a UFO area director, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., earlier this month. (Taimy Alvarez/Sun Sentinel)
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The secret to staying young? Stay high. So say the United Flying Octogenarians, an international flock of about 1,200 private and recreational pilots who are age 80-plus — and refuse to be grounded. Among the 12 UFOs, as they affectionately call themselves, who gathered for a ceremony in their honor in Lauderhill, Fla., on a recent Friday, there were two Harvard graduates, a retired lawyer whose family once owned the Cleveland ...

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