The time for this epic event is getting closer. In only 20 days – less than 3 weeks from now – Team Alpha-1 Athlete will be in Bodø, Norway, to pull an F-16 Fighting Falcon.
With the great support of the Royal Norwegian Air Force, Karen Skålvoll – aka Alpha-1 Athlete – will attempt to pull a fully operational fighter jet over a distance of 20 meters, approximately 60 ft.
To support her in this historic event will be:
- Torbjørn Skålvoll, husband and team lead
- Arnar Mar Jonsson, coach and founder of the sport Disabled Strongman, assistant referee for WSM
- Magnus Ver Magnusson, coach, 4 x Worlds Strongest Man, current Head referee for WSM
To perform the pull, Karen will put on a harness attached to the F-16. Using only her own strength, she will pull forward to get the aircraft rolling, and then carry on to pull the full distance.
This will – as far as we have been able to establish – be the first time in history that an operational fighter jet has been pulled in this way, and most certainly by a disabled person. To be able to take on a strength feature that this is, Karen will as always require supply of extra oxygen, which will be supplied by her Simply GoMini from Philips.
(minor changes may apply to model used by Norway)
Primary function: multirole fighter
Contractor: Lockheed Martin Corp.
Power plant: F-16C/D: one Pratt and Whitney F100-PW-200/220/229 or General Electric F110-GE-100/129
Thrust: F-16C/D, 27,000 pounds
Wingspan: 32 feet, 8 inches (9.8 meters)
Length: 49 feet, 5 inches (14.8 meters)
Height: 16 feet (4.8 meters)
Weight: 19,700 pounds without fuel (8,936 kilograms)
Maximum takeoff weight: 37,500 pounds (16,875 kilograms)
Fuel capacity: 7,000 pounds internal (3,175 kilograms); typical capacity, 12,000 pounds with two external tanks (5443 kilograms)
Payload: two 2,000-pound bombs, two AIM-9, two AIM-120 and two 2400-pound external fuel tanks
Speed: 1,500 mph (Mach 2 at altitude)
Range: more than 2,002 miles ferry range (1,740 nautical miles)
Ceiling: above 50,000 feet (15 kilometers)
Armament: one M-61A1 20mm multibarrel cannon with 500 rounds; external stations can carry up to six air-to-air missiles, conventional air-to-air and air-to-surface munitions and electronic countermeasure pods
Crew: F-16C, one; F-16D, one or two
Unit cost: F-16A/B , $14.6 million (fiscal 98 constant dollars); F-16C/D,$18.8 million (fiscal 98 constant dollars)