WWII Vet Celebrates 90th Birthday with Wing Walk on Vintage Biplane (VIDEO)

08/04/2015 AT 03:45 PM EDT

Personally, we hope to spend our 90th birthday doing anything, literally anything at all, and so John Weston represents a near-unattainable standard of excellence.

The World War II veteran spent a portion of his 90th birthday strapped to the upper wing of a 1942 biplane for 15 minutes, 500 feet above Lincolnshire, England.

Let that sink in for a moment.

Weston, who served as a rear gunner during the war, undertook the challenge to raise money for research benefiting the Alzheimer's Society, which aims to combat the disease that claimed his wife's life.

"For three years [she] was reasonably active, then she got very poorly and for the last eight months it was cruel to see her," he told the BBC. "She'd lost the use of her arms, legs, speech and couldn't swallow."

"It's windy up there," Weston said when he landed, adding that he was grateful no one was trying to "shoot him down."
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