Hart To Hart
Back in 1957, twins Jeremy and Nick Hart were born just 30 minutes apart. 60 years on and having both enjoyed successful careers as airline pilots, the Harts were at it again after each brother landed their final flights for British Airways at Heathrow on the same day… just 30 seconds apart. British Airways’ head Airbus pilot James Basnett said: “They arrived in the world 30 minutes apart, flew the same aircraft in the same airline, and then departed in the same manner that they arrived – minutes apart. A fitting finale to long and impressive careers and I know that they will be sorely missed on the fleet.” It was Jeremy who landed his Airbus A320 first at 12:34 BST from Gothenburg, Sweden, while brother Nick was not far behind, arriving from Geneva at 12:35. Needless to say identical twins who have both spent their entire careers flying commercial airplanes has led to the odd mix up or two, particularly when Nick began flying for British Airways after it took over his former airline British Midland. Nick said: “Jerry had never mentioned to his colleagues at British Airways that he had a twin brother who flew for British Midland, and one day [years ago] a British Airways pilot strode over to me at Heathrow and asked what on Earth I thought I was doing dressing up in a British Midland uniform. It took a bit of explaining to convince him that I wasn’t Jeremy.” And for those wondering the Airbus A320 family consists of short- to medium-range, narrow-body, commercial passenger TWIN-engine jet airliners. Of course!