Captain Freddy Deneffe, famous for flying with his dog Captain Mac, died at the age of 82

Captain Freddy Deneffe has died at the age of 82. Since 2002, Freddy enjoyed his retirement after a long career flying on Fokker, British Aerospace and AVRO RJ85/100 aircraft. He was extremely popular with his crew and passengers because of his incredibly sympathetic character, always cheerful and in for a good joke.

Freddy will always be reminded as the captain who took his dog, Captain Mac, with him during his flights around Europe. Captain Mac faithfully sat behind Freddy in the cockpit, quickly leaving the aircraft during rotation to walk his dog.

One flight, about twenty years ago, I will always remember: during approach into Brussels, Captain Mac wondered around in the front galley as he smelled some leftover meat from the business class trays. Perhaps strange but before 2001, the cockpit door was always open. I was more occupied getting Captain Mac back in the cockpit for landing and I forgot to close the door of my catering trolley. Just after touchdown, the door of the trolley opened and all the trays fell on the galley floor. Giggles in the cockpit 😀

Freddy, I will never forget you.

The offers its most sincere condolences to his family and friends, as well as to his colleagues, who will deeply miss him.

Bart Noëth: Since 1996, I have been working in the Belgian airline industry, from a weekend job as a cabin aircraft cleaner to a flight attendant. After the demise of Sabena - in 2001, I created a website called, originally a meeting place for plane spotters and aviation freaks. Since 2017, the website changed into a professional news site. Next to aviation, I love to travel, wine and dine and enjoy my time off(-line) with my girlfriend, friends and family. My favourite football squad is KV Mechelen, I am an Ironman 70.3 finisher and my ambition is to complete a full Ironman.
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