The copilot did his best to go flying in this historic 1950’s Handley Page Victor today. Since that was never the plan, the suprized pilot did his best to level the plane and bring her back to earth. Bob Prothero averted a disaster during “Cold War Jets Day” in England after the co-pilot hit throttle by mistake.
The crew was only supposed to taxi the aircraft on the runway closer to the crowd for photos when the co-pilot inadvertently firewalled the throttles and the bomber accelerated down the runway. The aircraft briefly lifted off and veered left, reaching as high as 150 feet, before retired RAF pilot Bob Prothero was able to nurse the barely flying bomber back down to a landing on the grass beyond the end of the runway.
It’s probably a good idea to brief the controls with a non pilot. Made it a more exciting airshow though.