Thursday, July 19, 2007

Pulling Power

If all the tugs are out of action at the airport and the aircraft are therefore stranded, David Huxley is the man to call. The Australian holds the world record for the heaviest aircraft pulled by a human. He started his career in 1991 by towing a 37 tonne (81,570 lb) Boeing 737. He moved up to a 105 tonne (231,485 lb) Concorde before in 1997 at the age of 39 he managed to pull a Boeing 747-400 weighing 187 tonnes (412,260 lb) a distance of 91 metres (298 ft 6 in) in 1 minutes 27.7 seconds. There is no evidence to suggest that Mr. Huxley has been hospitalized for a hernia operation but folks, don’t try this at home – or even an airport near you.

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