Kelsey Hughes is a popular Boeing 747 pilot and YouTuber.

He has more than 900 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 flew military charter flights.

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

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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Adriarizzo · February 1, 2023 at 4:29 PM

I can reply to the 1st question, 3 stripes is for 1st officers and 4 for captains…both are pilots !!

Clint · October 14, 2022 at 10:11 PM

Kelsey … here a video of a 747 loosing it wheel on take off…

    Naveen Reddy · October 15, 2022 at 9:22 AM

    Thanks for sharing this, Clint.
    Hope the 747 Dreamlifter landed safely.

Mike Pittard · September 13, 2022 at 2:44 AM

I enjoy Kelsey’s videos vicariously, and I like his personality—and I even like his tag line “keep the blue side up”. I like his explanations about hopscotching on landings and personality vs. performance and turbulence and lightning strikes and flying a big jet on a single engine for 3 hours. I’ve traveled on big jets, and my father once rented 15 minutes in a Cessna over Baltimore (oy, there’s a view!), in which I actually got to hold the yoke—a big mistake which the pilot corrected immediately! In any case, I have no plans to become a pilot: I’m old, and I top the list of people who are challenged beyond measure by voodoo such as mathematics and physics, so…
Couple of three questions: 1) why does Pilot Kelsey wear only 3 stripes instead of 4 if he’s a pilot? Is that a matter of rating or his choice? 2) Why does no one carry a flashlight when they do a walk-around. The wheel wells appear to be deep and seem to be occupied with bundles of wires and cables, etc., which may not be clearly visible in fog or at night, yet may present problems later? 3) Finally, I know the flight deck is crammed with gadgets that help you diagnose problems, but it seems odd that the ability to actually see wings, top and underneath, and engines cranking away, and chunks of airplane that may have been blown off, etc., would help enormously; since these are all blind to pilots, why don’t planes have built-in video cameras in strategic locations?
Thank you so much. I don’t fly but I do drive, and I keep the tar-side down!

    Naveen Reddy · September 13, 2022 at 9:05 AM

    Thank you Mike Pittard for sharing your experiences.
    I will try to get in touch with Kelsey and will convince him to answer your questions.

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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