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#1
Whilst trying to drive this afternoon without using my feet my mind wandered to Douglas Bader...

How the hell did he use the rudder??
 
#2
Moving the rudder was a case of shoving the appropriate buttock forward, so the stump of his original leg in drove forward the prosthetic leg.

He could do this without the knee flexing because, if you click on

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2008/01/23/nbader123.xml

You can see that the 'knee' on the sort of leg he wore (IIRC, the photo is of one of a variety of types he wore) didn't have a large degree of flex. In essence, shifting his backside forward meant that he pushed down on the rudder with a solid metal tube (with the end on the rudder encased in an RAF issue shoe).
 
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minister_doh_nut said:
Whilst trying to drive this afternoon without using my feet my mind wandered to Douglas Bader...

How the hell did he use the rudder??
Like you he used strap ons.............. :p
 
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