|Leading pilot Scully Levin on The Golden Years|
SABC2 Tuesday 29 October at 11h00: Scully Levin a leading pilot at the age of 66 years is a master of his craft. Born in Polokwane in 1946, this daring, determined and driven pilot, shares his memories of his father, a pilot in World War 2.
He fondly remembers his father buying an old war plane at an auction and pulling it through the streets of Polokwane. His dad told him that he would not play in the sand like other children, but that this aeroplane would become his playground.
Scully Levin has lived to fulfil his father’s prophecy and today is one of South Africa’s most highly regarded aerobatics pilots. Charismatic, warm and engaging, Scully invited The Golden Years crew to film with him as he and his team prepare for a departure to an air show in Hoedspruit. As much as the crew wanted to fly with Scully in one of his Harvard aeroplanes, they were met with disappointed by a very careful producer, who put the safety of her crew before the temptation of getting some fabulous award winning air aerial shots.
Scully joined the South African Airways in 1971 at the age of 25. Not much attention was given to aerobatics flying in the country at the time so Scully wanted to raise awareness to the sport. He contacted the famous Bobbie Olthoff, a champion racing car driver, who would drive the bakkie that Scully would land a plane on while in motion. The media was ecstatic about this stunt; as planned Scully gained world recognition for this performance and founded the first aerobatics team in the country.
With just over 27 000 hours of flying, Scully Levine has had many riveting moments in his aviation career. Two achievements that he holds dearly are his award with the Order of the Baobab by President Jacob Zuma and for flying one of three 50 ton aeroplanes in a formation over the Union Building when Thabo Mbeki was President of South Africa.
Scully has three children, two of whom have grown up in and around aeroplanes. His daughter Sally and son Ellis are pilots who continue their father and grandfather’s legacy, his middle daughter works in the creative industry.
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