A jet flight with GM's ex-chief, Bob Lutz
Top Gear's mag boss is taken for a spin by a true captain of the industry...
Posted: 19 Dec 2011
The man doing his best to terrify me is called Robert Anthony Lutz, affectionately named ‘Maximum Bob'. A legend in the motor industry, Bob is running me through the emergency procedures for his ex-communist-bloc Aero L-39 Albatros fighter jet, painted - somewhat ironically - in the livery of his old Marine Squadron.
The average 79-year-old's itinerary for a lazy Saturday probably involves hunting down something easily chewable for breakfast, followed by a day infested with light naps. But here's Bob, prepping out his personal light strike jet for a joyride. And doing a fine Top Gun impression, dressed in full military flight suit and standing 6ft 3in tall, topped off by a shock of white hair. It's all a bit surreal.