Thegooddoctor From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 523 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 8785 times:
Quoting Afrikaskyes (Thread starter): Me and 5 other rampers just pushed an ERJ back using some muscle. When a jetbridge fails and there is no towbar available, go get 5 other guys and you're good to go! Piece of cake!
That had to have been entertaining for the passengers! I'm assuming the pilot was nice enough not to spool the engines until after pushback?
Pawsleykat From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 1978 posts, RR: 14 Reply 18, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 7613 times:
Quoting Raventom (Reply 17): Didn't some beef guy pull a 747 once? I'm sure i saw it on TV once. Once they get it rolling it should be easy.
It was a Guinness World Record in the 2005 book. Some guy pulled Qantas' 'Wunala Dreaming' plane like 140m @ the QANTAS base in SYD. It was pretty cool, but he was like the world's 2nd strongest man and he looked like the HULK with all those muscles, but yes it did happen
First Class passengers are my favourites. They can't get any further forward without an ATPL.
PeachAir From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 360 posts, RR: 3 Reply 23, posted (7 years 8 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 6162 times:
We had to do this at MCO with a B727 back in the mid-1990's. We had acquired some ex-Eastern 727's for the Shuttle and they required a non-standard towbar head which usually traveled with the aircraft. The aircraft arrived without the towbar head and nobody noticed until the aircraft was ready to push. It was a weekend flight going back to LGA.
I recall it took about 16 ramp agents to push the aircraft back. - main gears, fuselage gear doors. It was a sight to behold. I would have photographed it if I could have.