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Woman With No Arms Flies Plane  
User currently offlineRussianJet From Kyrgyzstan, joined Jul 2007, 7636 posts, RR: 21
Posted (1 year 2 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1263 times:
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I know this is sort of aviation-related, but I think the human part of the story is the bigger deal, hence posting it here.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21377627

This woman is pretty amazing. She drives her car with her feet, and has been able to learn to fly a plane likewise. Pretty incredible achievements. Is there precedent for limbless pilots?


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User currently offlineWarRI1 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 8532 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (1 year 2 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1224 times:

That is amazing. When next I complain about something, how could I not think of her. You talk about accomplished. She is a champ.


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User currently offlineAesma From France, joined Nov 2009, 6114 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (1 year 2 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1192 times:

There was someone who flew without legs. I don't remember the story exactly but (s)he used a plane that had no rudder pedals anyway.


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User currently offlineQuokkas From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (1 year 2 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1184 times:

Quoting RussianJet (Thread starter):
Is there precedent for limbless pilots?

Perhaps one of the most famous in Britain would be Douglas Bader. He lost both his legs in an accident while flying in 1931. He was fitted with artificial limbs and through sheer tenacity and determination proved himself fit enough to rejoin the RAF.

During WWII he took part in the Battle of Britain before being shot down and become an inmate of Colditz. He was awarded the DSO (and Bar) and DFC (and Bar) and became a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire and was later knighted for services to disabled people.

Perhaps not the same as flying without arms, but still a story of courage in the face of adversity.


User currently offlineAesma From France, joined Nov 2009, 6114 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (1 year 2 months 1 day ago) and read 1133 times:

Found it, it's the ERCO Ercoupe : you don't need legs to fly it.


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User currently offlinefalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 5968 posts, RR: 27
Reply 5, posted (1 year 2 months 21 hours ago) and read 1107 times:
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Quoting RussianJet (Thread starter):
She drives her car with her feet, and has been able to learn to fly a plane likewise.

That is amazing. When I was in college I went to class with a guy who had no arms and he could drink beer with his feet, as long as he had a mug with a handle. I know it isn't much of an accomplishment compared to this, but I was amazed at all the stuff that guy could do with no arms.

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 3):
Perhaps one of the most famous in Britain would be Douglas Bader. He lost both his legs in an accident while flying in 1931. He was fitted with artificial limbs and through sheer tenacity and determination proved himself fit enough to rejoin the RAF.

I never heard of that guy, but I want to learn more about him, he sounds like a great guy.



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User currently offlineDeltaMD90 From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 7276 posts, RR: 52
Reply 6, posted (1 year 2 months 20 hours ago) and read 1095 times:

Is anyone even more impressed she can eat with chopsticks with her feet? I mean flying a plane is impressive, but I cannot for the life of me use chopsticks and I have hands! lol


Ironically I have never flown a Delta MD-90 :)
User currently offlinezippyjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 5404 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 906 times:

Quoting RussianJet (Thread starter):

I can't pull up images on this computer. Isn't she the youngish athletic woman thats sort of hot looking who was refused service at a fast food drive in window when she used her feet to pay them and receive her fast food?



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