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    Meet Callie, UK's first air crew dog

    NewsFamous Dog NewsThursday 22 May 2014

    A dog with more than 250 flying hours has become the only one so far in the UK to have her own crew card.

    Canine captain Callie is a three-year-old chocolate labrador, with more than 50,000 miles on her paws. she has been flying the country with owner Graham Mountford in his Cessna 210 Centurion.

    Callie usually flies almost every weekend, having visited many airports across Britain, including Wales, Cornwall and the Scottish Islands.

    Graham straps her with a special harness into the cockpit of the six-seater plane. She always get a treat - a sausage when they land.

    "She has been flying since she was 12 weeks old and is a very well-travelled dog," Graham, 50, has been a private pilot for 13 years.

    "I bought some small ear protectors for her to wear and the first time we just taxied around the airport to make sure she enjoyed it.

    "It all went well so we then went on a short flight and she took it all in her stride and seemed very happy."

    Now the pair fly spend most of their weekends chasing clouds up in the sky and visiting beaches along the UK coast. 

    "She usually sits next to me in the front of the plane but if other people come with me she will stretch out on the back seat," added Graham.

    The special pilot has now been given an Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (Aopa) air crew card, which entitles her to a number of privileges, including going through the Crew Only channel at security and immigration in airports, discounts and priority booking and check out at most airport hotels and car hire.

    "I have shown the card, along with mine, at some of the bigger airports and it always causes great amusement. Even the most glum security men break into a smile," he added.






    Source and pictures: / Rex

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