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Strongman Drags Concorde Across Tarmac

June 15, 1987 GMT

LONDON (AP) _ The supersonic aircraft Concorde made one of its shortest and slowest journeys over the weekend, when a professionall strongman propelled it 40 feet across the tarmac at Heathrow Airport in a charity feat.

David Gauder, 32, taking a foothold in a ladder-like contraption flat on the ground, gripped a rope attached to the 91-ton aircraft and hauled mightly until he got the plane to roll.

He managed to budge the aircraft twice but each time it rolled back, apparently because it hit a low hump on the tarmac. Engineers then moved the Concorde forward over the hump, and Gauder, fortified by gulps of oxygen from a tank, got it moving within seconds.


Gauder, who is 5-foot-7 and weighs 240 pounds, has previously pulled a 40- ton tractor-trailer and halted two moving powerboats.

He won his way into the Guinness Book of World Records in 1985 by preventing two Piper Cherokee light aircraft, heading in opposite directions, from taking off.

Gauder, from Birmingham in central England, says his daily diet includes 25 eggs, five pounds of bananas, a chicken, six pints of milk, two 32-ounce steaks and baked potatoes.