This is amazing!! After seeing the dogs that drive video, the thought crossed my mind that they should try it with a plane. I then quickly moved to another thought as that one was crazy…or was it?
Mark Vette and a team of trainers just taught three rescue dogs how to fly a plane. When I say fly a plane, I mean it. This video is even more impressive than the dogs driving one! Each dog had to complete an entire figure 8 without a human touching the controls.
They first started training the dogs reggie, shadow and alfy on the ground in a flight simulator. Signaling them which way to turn with a light and sound director. Red for right, green for left and white for straight ahead. After ground training they took to the sky!
In the airplane the dogs had to give up the light indicator, and only were able to rely on the sound to direct they’re turning. Incredibly all three dogs flew the plane perfectly! Making nice banking turns and following a precise figure 8 flight pattern.
It’s kind of funny how the pilot had to hold his hands up the entire time as to not look like he was flying the plane…