Where's the off switch...
Date: Mon, 23 May 94 20:22:51 PDT
Subject: Where's the off switch...
From: Claude Ginsburg <email@example.com>
The Arizona (U.S.) Highway Patrol came upon a pile of smoldering
metal imbedded into the side of a cliff rising above the road,
at the apex of a curve.
The wreckage resembled the site of an airplane crash, but it was a
car. The type of car was unidentifiable at the scene.
The boys in the lab finally figured out what it was, and what had
It seems that a guy had somehow got hold of a JATO unit, (Jet
Assisted Take Off, actually a solid-fuel rocket) that is used to give
heavy military transport planes an extra `push' for taking off from
short airfields. He had driven his Chevy Impala out into the desert,
and found a long, straight stretch of road. Then he attached the JATO
unit to his car, jumped in, got up some speed, and fired off the JATO++
Best as they could determine, he was doing somewhere between 250 and
300 mph (350-420kph) when he came to that curve....
The brakes were completely burned away, apparently from trying to
slow the car.
Solid-fuel rockets don't have an 'off'... once started, they burn at
full thrust 'till the fuel is all gone.
© 1994 Peter Langston