A South African rugby player known for being one of the fastest men in the sport, Bryan Habana, raced against a commercial jet and won the amazing race against the technology.
The race between Habana and a jet plane
The 30-year-old athlete once famously raced a cheetah in 2007 to raise public awareness of the endangered species but lost in the challenge.
Now, Habana, a rugby wing, accepted a challenge that seemed impossible by racing against a British Airways jet plane in a 100-meter race.
“It was a tough test of man versus machine,” Habana told reporters. “Once the A380 is on full throttle it picks up speed very rapidly, but you need to tune in to the video to see what happened next.”
The challenge was part of a stunt to launch the service of British Airways’ new flight from London to Johannesburg.
“Habana is fast but had stiff competition with four Trent 900 Rolls-Royce engines, each one producing 70,000 pounds of thrust and accelerating very quickly indeed,” Peter Nye, a Senior First Officer with British Airways said. “We got airborne at 140 miles an hour, where we then flew up to 600 miles an hour.”
Habana proudly said it was one of the craziest things he had ever done.