75 brave men/women in wheelchairs pulling a C-130H 

 

 

Seventy-five users of wheelchairs have failed their attempt to break the world record by pulling a Lockheed C-130H Hercules transport aircraft of the Belgian Air Force over a distance of 100 meters. The attempt to get in the Guinness Book of Records organised at Melsbroek airbase on Saturday February 26, 2011 failed at a distance of 67 meters.  Wheelchair user Catherine Geldof who organised this event for vzw “Blijf Actief” is nevertheless very proud of these 75 brave men and women. She said: the main motivation for organising this event was to get as many as possible so called “less mobile” people to Melsbroek and help to pull and this certainly was a great success.

 

The 75 participants are more then proud that they managed to pull the 67 ton heavy aircraft over a distance of 67 meters in really horrible weather condition. Although they didn’t set a new world record, they marvellously proved that less mobile people can achieve much more then what the general public can imagine.   

 

 More information at http://www.blijfactief.be/

A photo feature:

 

Pulling a C-130

Participants warming up in the Herpain hangar at Melsbroek airbase before the record attempt

 
Pulling a C-130

It took some serious organising to attach all wheelchairs of the participants to Lockheed C-130H Hercules CH-10.

Pulling a C-130

The start is given and the most difficult part, getting the first motion in the aircraft, is successful.

Pulling a C-130   

One can only be full of admiration for these courageous people managing such a "coup de force" in spite of there physical limitation.  

 

Pulling a C-130   

Pulling very hard in spite of the pouring rain and very cold weather conditions.  

 

Everybody present was convinced that a next time they certainly will set a new world record.

 

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 © Daniel Brackx  (February 2011)

 

 

Last updated 27/02/11 11:35   Daniel Brackx

daniel.brackx@telenet.be