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  Heaviest Plane Pulled by wheelchair users-DBFA sets world record
 
 ALTON, Hampshire, UK -- The British Disabled Flying Association (BDFA) recruited 50 disabled people, seated in manual wheelchairs, to pull a 65-ton aricraft 100 metres along the main runway at Lasham Airfield-setting the world record for the  Heaviest Plane Pulled by wheelchair users.
   Mike Miller-Smith, BDFA chief executive, said: "It was an amazing achievement for each of the participants, who pulled the equivalent of 1.3 tonnes each. (enlarge photo)
  The BDFA is committed to providing opportunities for disabled people in aviation. "

  "This world record is a great way to show that, when given the opportunity, people living with a disability can achieve the seemingly impossible."

  
The open day raised money for the BDFA charity, which offers free trial flying lessons for terminally ill and disabled people and subsidised flying and training for other disability charities across the UK.

   A volunteer pilot flew the Boeing 757 from delivery firm DHL's UK aviation base at East Midlands Airport to Lasham Airfield.

   Paul Bishop, managing director of DHL Air, said: "We were very happy to help out such a worthy charity. The sight of a 65-tonne DHL cargo plane being towed down a runway by the BDFA plane-pulling team was very impressive."

  Related:
  Largest gathering of wheelchair users on ice-world record set by Leanne Grose

  Sunday, September 7, 2008

 
 
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