Man pulls 678Kgs plane with ears for 20 metres


Some might say this is witchcraft or a miracle of some sort, but one man has just entered the record books for pulling a huge aeroplane with his ears.

Johnny Strange, 26, chained a Cessna 172-P weighing 677.8kg to his ears and fragged it for 20.4 metres at North Weald Airfield Essex, England.

The strange Mr Strange has been dubbed ‘The man with the ears of steel’.

He appeared in the 2016 Guinness Book of Records which was released on Thursday, but had performed the plane ‘miracle’ in October 2013.

Apparently this isn’t his first Guinness World Record, but it is possibly the most unusual. Strange has been performing stunts since the age of 10 and has earned eight Guinness World Records during his lifetime.

The Mirror quotes the escapologist and sideshow performer as saying, “I started off at the age of ten in Blackburn, Lancashire. At first I juggled balls, then clubs and went on to knives, fire sticks and now its chainsaws.”

He, however, admitted that preparing for the plane stunt was difficult: “Preparing for the plane pull was tough. I’m not going into detail but I have to stretch my ears and create tough scar tissue so they don’t rip.”

On achieving yet a newer world record, he said: “I am always delighted when I get another Guinness World Record and being featured in the book never gets old for me, the only problem is I’m starting to run out of places to hang up my certificates now.”

Johnny with his Guinness World Record certificate Photo/Cascade
Johnny with his Guinness World Record certificate Photo/Cascade

Johnny said he is confident he can do everything: “I’m a believer of the impossible, and I’ve always been interested in the unusual and the bizarre. It’s the obscure things that skew the perception of normality that really fascinate me.”

Simon Lowman, of The North Weald Flying Group, told The Mirror: “In all my years flying I have seen some extraordinary things but I have never seen an aeroplane moved like that. I am surprised he didn’t rip his ears off. I was fully expecting to have to get the super glue out afterwards to stick his ears back on!”

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Brian Okoth
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