A flydubai Boeing 737 was pulled 150 meters by police academy students in the hot sun. The feat was accomplished by 30 students at Dubai’s International Airport in front of invited guests.
Typically aircraft tugs are used to pull aircraft. After all, an empty Boeing 737 weighs some 40 tonnes depending on the model. However, every now and again, a group of people will come together to pull an aircraft. Sometimes this is for charity, other times as part of a fitness challenge. In the case of the Dubai Police students, it was the latter. Despite the high Dubai temperatures, the feat was completed without incident.
Dubai Fitness Challenge
The exercise of pulling a the flydubai Boeing 737 was part of the Dubai Fitness Challenge known as 30X30. The challenge was launched by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. He is the Crown Prince of Dubai, and acts as the Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai Government, in addition to the Dubai Sports Council.
The task was allocated to a group of 30 students. This may seem like no feat at all, however, the age of the students may surprise you. The group of 30 was not comprised of fully grown men, but instead of 15 to 17-year-olds. It is unclear if the group set any records with the achievement, however, the Dubai Police Force holds a number of other world records, including for pulling aircraft.
According to the police force, Major General Muhammad Ahmad bin Fahd, who is the Assistant Commandant for Training and Academic Affairs at Dubai Police, thanked flydubai for their assistance. He also commended the teenagers taking part in the challenge for their perseverance and keenness.
Not the first time
This is not the first time that the Dubai Police force has pulled aircraft at Dubai Airport. In fact, female officers of the Dubai Police have previously pulled a Boeing 777-300R. This aircraft weighed 240 tonnes and was pulled a distance of more than 100 meters. As such, the force gained a place in the Guinness book of world records for “Heaviest aircraft pulled over 100 m by a team (female)”
This is accompanied by a similar record for male officers who previously pulled a 302 tonne Airbus A380 a similar distance. However, the force’s records don’t just include pulling aircraft. The force has 11 records to its name including swimmers pulling a boat, the world’s largest seashell mosaic, the fastest police car in service, and most consecutive formations formed by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) same set.
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