The Los Angeles Times is reporting that in a series of emails sent from jail, the “Barefoot Bandit,” Colton Harris-Moore, compares his flying prowess to Wilbur and Orville Wright: “The things I have done as far as flying and airplanes goes, is amazing. Nobody on this planet [could] have done what I have, except for the Wright brothers,” Harris-Moore said in a private email, monitored by authorities, last August from the federal detention center in Seattle. “I am confident that anyone else would have died — you can’t just jump in an airplane and fly at night or through weather, you HAVE to be instrument-rated, but I wasn’t and actually taught myself how to fly instrument, which is inconceivable to most pilots and ALL instructors.” Read more here.
The 20-year-old “Barefoot Bandit” was sentenced Friday to more than seven years in prison after pleading guilty to dozens of charges, according to a Fox News report. Colton Harris-Moore gained international notoriety while evading police across America in stolen planes, boats and cars during a two-year crime spree. What captured the general aviation community’s interest is that it was said Harris-Moore taught himself to fly.