Former Bexley boy Roald Dahl takes to the skies on Norwegian airline
PUBLISHED: 15:00 29 September 2016 | UPDATED: 15:00 29 September 2016
The author has become one of the company’s tail fin heroes
Former Bexley resident Roald Dahl will take to the skies this weekend after becoming the first British person to feature on one of Norwegian’s tail fins.
The author of The Big Friendly Giant and other children’s classics lived in a house named Oakwood on Hurst Road for more than a decade after moving there in 1927.
He has been selected as one of the airline’s tail fin heroes to reflect Norwegian’s rapid growth in the UK, where it now flies four million UK passengers each year to more than 40 destinations.
Born in Cardiff in 1916 and of Norwegian descent, Dahl joined the RAF at the age of 23, where he served as a fighter-pilot, taking up writing after being injured in World War Two.
Thomas Ramdahl, chief commercial officer, said: “Selecting our first ever British tail fin hero is not only a mark of our huge plans for UK expansion, it is also a chance to recognise a truly heroic British figure.
“Roald Dahl has inspired generations of adults and children and as the world celebrates his centenary, it is a great honour to have this world-famous author adorn our aircraft.”
Norwegian’s brand new Boeing 737-800 aircraft featuring Dahl’s face takes off on its inaugural flight from Oslo on Saturday.