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September 10, 2004

Jet-powered wheelchair - of course it's Italian!

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Giuseppe Canella was looking around for someplace to put a jet engine he had lying around, and then saw his Parkinson's Disease-affected mother-in-law's new wheelchair.

Bingo!

The jet-chair can now do over 60 mph.

Talk about the "Little Old Lady From Pasadena"....

Here's the BBC story.
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Giuseppe Cannella had a big surprise for his mother-in-law when he put a jet engine on the back of her wheelchair.

Mr. Cannella says the chair can now do top speeds of more than 60 mph and has proved the star of a model plane championship during the Bank Holiday.

A model plane enthusiast himself, Mr. Cannella has been putting on shows at Barkston Heath near Grantham, Lincs.

"It is just the wheelchair with the engine bolted on the back and steering on the front," he said.

"Originally it was a gimmick. I had a jet engine and I was going to put it on a go cart.

"But the missus says put it on something unusual and so I put it on the mother-in-law's wheelchair," said Mr. Cannella, who is from Luton in Bedfordshire.

"She was on holiday at the time so she didn't know what I was doing until she came back.

"She actually thought I was doing it for her."

Mr. Cannella's mother-in-law, who had bought a new wheelchair, has Parkinson's disease.

Her son-in-law has been collecting money for the Parkinson's Disease Society and hopes to collect up to £1,500 during the shows at the British Model Flying Association national championship.

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