The Cold War bomber apparently took off as the co-pilot (who was an engineer and not a pilot, cue the “engineers can never be pilots” jokes) accidently hit the throttle when the aircraft was meant to just taxi down the runway for a photo shoot.
The saviour came in the form of a retired RAF Group Captain Bob Prothero (cue the “RAF are the best jokes”) who grabbed the controls and steered the bomber back onto the ground, where it eventually came to a stop at the end of a runway.
So all ends that ends well, except i have a couple of questions:
- Why wasn’t there a certified pilot at the controls in the first place?
- How can you accidently hit the throttle (and as a non-pilot that may seem like a really stupid question)?
- Who would win out of ‘Teasin’ Tina’ and ‘Lusty Linda’, the only other bomber that is in working conditions?