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#1371 - 05/23/11 02:23 PM 500 JFW's?
zuzulo56 Offline
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The expedient question seems to be, "What method of celebration will you choose to employ the day you post your 500th. offering?" (Perhaps, duct-tape a few JATO rockets to the top of your hooptie...putting on a show for the neighbours?)

May I be (to my knowledge) the first stranger to congratulate same?


Edited by zuzulo56 (05/24/11 12:44 AM)
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#1389 - 05/24/11 01:38 PM Re: 500 JFW's? [Re: zuzulo56]
John Farr Offline
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Originally Posted By: zuzulo56
The expedient question seems to be, "What method of celebration will you choose to employ the day you post your 500th. offering?" (Perhaps, duct-tape a few JATO rockets to the top of your hooptie...putting on a show for the neighbours?)

May I be (to my knowledge) the first stranger to congratulate same?

Thank you Mr. Z, Probably something low-key. How about a couple six-packs and me showing up at your house? Doesn't matter what brand, whatever you buy will be fine.
What about you Mr. Z? You're over 33% away from your celebratory 500th post. Way ahead of me!

Neighbors don't comprehend (or appreciate) race cars that turn left as well as right or pay homage to Dale Earnhardt/Paul Bryant/Robt. E. Lee.
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#3061 - 02/28/12 10:06 PM Re: 500 JFW's? [Re: zuzulo56]
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Originally Posted By: zuzulo56
(Perhaps, duct-tape a few JATO rockets to the top of your hooptie...putting on a show for the neighbours?)



Whoa Nellie!
The Arizona Highway Patrol came upon a pile of smoldering metal embedded in 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 lab finally figured out what it was and what happened. It seems that a guy had somehow gotten 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. (Not long enough.) Then he attached the JATO unit to his car, jumped in, got up some speed and fired off the JATO ! The facts as best as could be determined are that the operator of the 1967 Impala hit JATO ignition at a distance of approximately 3.0 miles from the crash site. This was established by the prominent scorched and melted asphalt at that location.
The JATO, if operating properly, would have reached maximum thrust within 5 seconds, causing the Chevy to reach a speed well in excess of 350 mph and continuing at full power for an additional 20-25 seconds. The driver, soon to be pilot, most likely would have experienced G-forces usually reserved for dog fighting F-14 jocks under full afterburners, basically causing him to become insignificant for the remainder of the event. However, the automobile remained on the straight highway for about 2.5 miles (15-20 seconds) before the driver applied and completely melted the brakes, blowing the tires and leaving thick rubber marks on the road surface. He, then, became airborne for an additional 1.4 miles and impacted the cliff face at a height of 125 feet leaving a blackened crater 3 feet deep in the rock. Most of the driver's remains were not recoverable; however, small fragments of bone, teeth and hair were extracted from the crater and fingernail and bone chards were removed from a piece of debris believed to be a portion of the steering wheel.
NOTE: Solid-fuel rockets don't have an 'off'... once started, they burn at full thrust 'till the fuel is all gone.
- July newsletter (year ?) of the Oregon Region SCCA
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#12210 - 01/05/16 08:05 AM Re: 500 JFW's? [Re: zuzulo56]
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Sorry to pee on your parade but "just the facts, ma'am."


http://www.snopes.com/autos/dream/jato.asp

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#12212 - 01/05/16 08:39 AM Re: 500 JFW's? [Re: still2slow]
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Originally Posted By: still2slow
Sorry to pee on your parade but "just the facts, ma'am."


http://www.snopes.com/autos/dream/jato.asp


Well... "There's something about cars and solid rocket fuel engines that draws the common man to this tale like happy moths to an unforgiving flame. Maybe it's a simple matter of cars and the men who love them, the eternal love affair."
OR, perhaps 'cause all of us knows, at least, one person (friend?) who WOULD pull such a stunt.
"Catch' our friend at 0:37...



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Edited by zuzulo56 (01/05/16 08:41 AM)
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#12217 - 01/05/16 08:29 PM Re: 500 JFW's? [Re: zuzulo56]
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I was indeed a happy moth. I really wanted to believe the story... especially since it "happened" in my state. The hurt was profound when I discovered the truth; much like when I found out I didn't come from a stork but was the result of my mom and dad doing something that was gross.


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#12218 - 01/05/16 08:35 PM Re: 500 JFW's? [Re: still2slow]
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Originally Posted By: still2slow
I was indeed a happy moth. I really wanted to believe the story... especially since it "happened" in my state. The hurt was profound when I discovered the truth; much like when I found out I didn't come from a stork but was the result of my mom and dad doing something that was gross.



The stork story is not a myth BTW. The JATO story has been around since I was in the Navy back in San Diego in 1967. I knew sailors who swore they were there when it happened. The version they told was it happened east of El Cajon in a VW beetle.

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#12219 - 01/06/16 12:05 AM Re: 500 JFW's? [Re: zuzulo56]
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Man's fascination with rockets is such that anything is possible. If any of you have had the good fortune to watch a little show called "Gizmo" you'll remember a bold adventurer who had a cluster pack of rockets strapped to his back while he was on ice skates... mostly all that happened was he caught on fire.

Then there was the time that an acquaintance in my youth, who somehow got a hold of a Dyna Jet pulse jet engine for model airplanes, attached it to an old football helmet... this didn't turn out so well either. All that happened was that it pinned his chin to his sternum and left him quite sore. I've never been able to understand what he thought was going to happen....

SO, why not strap a surplus Jato rocket to your car?

Dave B

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#12307 - 01/12/16 10:42 AM Re: 500 JFW's? [Re: dcb]
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Originally Posted By: dcb
SO, why not strap a surplus Jato rocket to your car?

Dave B


Fortunately for us the Mythbusters had that attitude... And so the did. Three separate episodes in fact where they went back to keep trying to make it work.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=cHUsGFGhfmk
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#12318 - 01/12/16 01:37 PM Re: 500 JFW's? [Re: (John) Cody Forbes]
zuzulo56 Offline
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Originally Posted By: (John) Cody Forbes
Originally Posted By: dcb
SO, why not strap a surplus Jato rocket to your car?

Dave B


Fortunately for us the Mythbusters had that attitude... And so the did. Three separate episodes in fact where they went back to keep trying to make it work.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=cHUsGFGhfmk


Well...Somersaulting through the air IS a form of flying...just as crashing to the ground is a type of landing.
With the J-bottles on the back, ya'll can do both!


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Edited by zuzulo56 (01/12/16 01:38 PM)
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