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Man Pulls 115-Ton Jet In Charity Stunt

December 3, 1988

LONDON (AP) _ A 115-ton jet made an ultrashort hop when a man pulled it down a runway for a publicity stunt.

After three minutes of tugging, David Gauder, 32, failed on his first attempt Friday to pull the Dan-Air jetliner along a runway at Gatwick Airport.

The professional strong man, who last year pulled a 91-ton Concorde 40 feet, got the Airbus’ wheels turning on his second try.

He pulled the jet 24 seconds to promote a Christmas charity. The distance was not measured.

Gauder, who is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 240 pounds, has also pulled a 40-ton tractor-trailer and halted two moving powerboats. He won entry in the Guinness Book of World Records in 1985 for preventing two Piper Cherokee light aircraft, pulling in opposite directions, from taking off.

His wife, who watched Friday’s pull, said ″on our wedding day he hired a double-decker bus and towed the guests to the reception.″

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