Cliff marks new year with Antarctica flight

Maryborough local, 96-year-old Cliff Jacobs spent his New Yearʼs Eve flying over Antarctica. The trip ticked an item off a bucket list he created after losing his wife of 69 years in 2016.

Having spent the last couple of New Year’s Eves in bed by the time the clock ticked over to midnight, 96-year-old Cliff Jacobs spent December 31, 2017 flying over Antarctica.

After his wife, Margaret, of 69 years passed away, Cliff ’s granddaughter Melissa asked if he had any bucket list items he would like to tick off.

“I said I would like to see Antarctica, and she replied, ‘well why don’t you?’ The next thing we were in the travel agent booking the trip,” he said.

At 6 pm on New Year’s Eve, Cliff boarded a Qantas 747 plane destined for Antarctica, wearing the badge of oldest person on board with pride.

“I was treated like royalty. The trip was absolutely fantastic,” he said.

“Out of 363 passengers, I was the oldest on board.”

The 13-hour non-stop flight included around three hours of flying over Antarctica, with Cliff saying he was surprised by the continent’s landscape.

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