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
All I can think is that if I hear anyone even jokingly saying "Eject, eject, eject!", then I'll either be exiting stage vertical by the ‘j' of the first word, or that options b, c, and d will be rendered irrelevant by screaming panic. The next thought in the queue involves the fact that before meeting Bob, I'd mentioned my plans for a Lutz Airlines flight to a colleague. The response was slightly worrying: "Make
sure he puts the landing gear down - he tried to land a while back and the tower had to radio to remind him."
Luckily, Lutz lowers himself into the front seat and starts to rattle through the pre-flight checks with a fluidity and clarity of thought that acts as a balm to frayed nerves. And I start to see glimpses of just why Maximum Bob has become quite so revered.