Kelsey Hughes is a popular Boeing 747 pilot and YouTuber.

He has more than 800 thousand subscribers on his YouTube channel by name, 74 Gear.


Kelsey Hughes hails from Dallas, Texas, United States.

He grew up near the location of TOPGUN and MCAS Miramar in San Diego, California by watching the fighter jets flying.

Inspiration for becoming a pilot-

Kelsey’s uncle was a smart pilot, mechanic and an aviation engineer.

And thanks to his uncle, he wanted to become a pilot.

Later, Kelsey approached his uncle for advice for whether he could become a pilot or not because he was an average student and his uncle inspired him that he could definitely become a pilot.

Kelsey’s aunt was a flight attendant in between 1970s and 1990s for Pacific Southwest Airlines (later bought by USAir).

His uncle inspired him so much that he right away joined a ground school even without flying a demo flight and he started working to save money for the Private Pilot License (PPL) and later, he joined a flight school.


After completing his flight school, Kelsey started off his career by joining a private regional jet company, flying small charter jets which were poorly maintained and thanks to them, he had to consider emergency landings a few times.

He also did regional flying on Bombardier CRJ900 airliners and he also flew Bombardier CRJ700 series airliners.

Then, Kelsey joined a passenger airline company and he also flew corporate and private jets.

Later, he joined the military and flew military charter flights.

Then, Kelsey joined a cargo airline and started mostly flying cargo planes and occasionally flying passengers.

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Here, he pilots Boeing 747 airliners and sometimes also Boeing Dreamlifter aircrafts.

Kelsey holds an airline transport pilot license (ATPL) and is a commercial pilot and loves travelling.

He hasn’t publicly disclosed the airline which he works for as a part of his employment contract.

Starting 74 Gear YouTube channel-

In 2017, Kelsey had a layover of a couple of days in Hong Kong and at that time, he was flying from Hong Kong to Delhi and back to Hong Kong.

As he was bored in his layover, he started a YouTube channel by name, 74 Gear on 30 May 2017.

Kelsey publishes aviation related videos onto his channel and also collaborated with other YouTubers like Sam Chui, Mentour Pilot, etc.

His channel became popular thanks to his Hollywood vs Reality videos and TikTok Roast videos and also because of the unique Boeing Dreamlifter aircraft.

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Sarah Foley · March 1, 2022 at 10:58 AM

Kelsey’s story inspired me to look into doing my pilot training with a ground school connected to a regional airline, for ease of a career track. His channel is really great, and having a glimpse into his pilot’s life is so interesting! Thank you Kelsey!

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