Love him or hate him, one thing you have to admit about Colton Harris-Moore is that he had good taste. From the islands he picked to run to, to his getaway vehicles, Colt chose top shelf. The following are links to all of the planes and some of the boats Colt rustled during his 27-month spree so readers of The Barefoot Bandit can get a feel for how he rolled. Be sure to also check out the photo galleries for shots of what the planes looked like after he rolled.
Colt stole two Cessna 182 Skylanes, including a turbo model. A 182 was the first plane he stole and flew, taking it from Orcas Island across the Cascades on a stormy November morning, and hard landing it in the mountains of the Yakama Indian reservation. He crash landed the second Skylane in a clearcut. Check out the rugged Skylane at Cessna’s official website. (© Cessna)
The second and fourth planes Colton Harris-Moore stole and flew were Cirrus Aviation SR22s. He flew both of these at night and landed them both at the Orcas Island Airport. Each went off the runway and received some damage to the landing gear, but the aircraft were not totaled. (Cirrus Aviation photo)
See more SR22 photos at Cirrus Aviation.
This is the famous “glass cockpit” of the Cirrus SR22.
The cockpit image from Cirrus Aviation shows the screens of the Garmin instruments as they’d look in flight. Notice the side stick controls of the SR22. See the cockpit details here at Cirrus.
The third type of plane Colt flew was a Cessna Corvalis. He read the Pilot Operating Handbook in astronaut Bill Anders’s hangar on Orcas, and then got ahold of one in Bloomington, IN, flying it all the way to the south end of Great Abaco in the Bahamas. The Corvalis is a speedy, low-wing, composite aircraft, similar to the Cirrus, and is also equipped with a glass cockpit. Check out the Corvalis at Cessna’s website. (Cessna Aircraft Company photo)
To make his run from Marsh Harbour, Great Abaco, to North Eleuthera in style, Colt stole a Sea Ray 450 Sundancer. In the book I call it a “sex bomb” of a boat. Unfortunately, Colt bombed this beauty onto the Devil’s Backbone, a coral reef that has snagged untold numbers of ships including the one carrying the Bahamas’ first European settlers. Sea Ray has a very cool virtual tour of the 450 here, where you can control the camera view from places all over the boat. (Sea Ray photo)
Colt used a Boston Whaler Super Sport at the start of his final chase, zipping around the harbor between North Eleuthera and Harbour Island. Photo is of the boat Colt used, still tied to the dinghy dock where he left it early that morning. Photo © Bob Friel
The boat Colt chose for his last getaway attempt was a 32-foot Intrepid, a popular go-fast sport and fishing boat. Intrepid’s website also has one of those Virtual Tours of the boat and its features. The actual Intrepid Colt used is shown here tied up to its mothership at Romora Bay Resort, Harbour Island. Photo © Bob Friel. Check out the Bahamas gallery to see the effect 9mm bullets and 12-gauge shotgun rounds had on the Intrepid’s outboard motors.