Historical enquiry

Discussion in 'Aviation' started by Mighty_doh_nut, Mar 15, 2008.

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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).
     
  3. Spanish_Dave

    Spanish_Dave LE Good Egg (charities)

    Havent you heard about the DDA and reasonable adjustments :lol:
     
  4. Like you he used strap ons.............. :p