"Imagine living in a country whose head of state doesn’t have the attention span of a larval fly, and can operate complex machinery with grace and poise and without bringing attention to himself."
The King of the Netherlands Secretly Pilots Passenger Planes in His Spare Time.
King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands has been on the throne since 2013 and, since he was a child, interested in aviation. This isn’t exactly a secret, since he once publicly appeared as a guest pilot on a KLM commercial flight. The secret is just how into it he truly is.
This week Willem-Alexander revealed that in fact he’s been secretly copiloting passenger flights for 21 years, including several during his reign. “I find flying simply fantastic,” he told De Telegraaf, according to the BBC.
The king never tried to hide his presence in the cockpit. He said he just never identified himself explicitly to KLM passengers, even if some may have recognized his voice during announcements.
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