'I stole a plane to get out of the Navy' - BBC News
When Theo Van Eijck was kicked out of a Dutch pilot-training programme in 1964, he stole a plane and flew to Libya.
Theo Van Eijck's little house in Somerset is a treasure trove of curiosities. Toy witches swing on tiny broomsticks from the ceiling of his sitting room, a family of ceramic cats peers down inquiringly from the higher shelves and a couple of skulls sit grinning on the sideboard.
But the most fascinating items of all are spread out on Van Eijck's coffee table - Dutch newspaper clippings from 1964, with show-stopping headlines reporting the antics of a young sailor who stole a Grumman Tracker propeller plane from his military base in Malta and flew it to Benghazi, Libya.
"It's me!" laughs Van Eijck, now white-haired and aged 76. "That's me right there in the photo and I was just 21!"