The Cat wrote:6'5 is a big kid, I'm surprised he didn't accidentally engage the brakes.
Well, he'd be tough to shoehorn into a Cessna 152. But I know for a fact that you can stuff a 6'8" NBA player into the front seat of a Cessna 172 without interfering with the controls (rudder pedals included) - if you move the seat all the way back. The luxury of being a thief is that cost is no object: If you're going to steal an airplane, you might as well pick one with enough legroom.
Samsoneffect wrote:I believe it was a 707, and he did lose his job over that one - briefly. When the airline saw that he could roll the plane, they were sold, and the guys that fired him pretty much had to hire him back.
Just to set the record straight: Yes, it was what would ultimately evolve into the Boeing 707 that Tex Johnston rolled over Lake Washington (video
). But while he was called on the carpet by Boeing's president, he kept his job.
Incidentally, transport category aircraft certified under FAR Part 25 have, at a minimum, limiting load factors of -1.0G and +2.5G (+1G being the load factor in straight and level flight). As a point of comparison, +2.0G is the load factor experienced in a 60° coordinated bank.
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