Today I learned of a US Navy pilot in 1998 who flew too low against regulations, cutting a gondola's cable and killing 20 people. He and his crew were put on trial and found not guilty of involuntary manslaughter and negligent homicide en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cav…
In 1979, two families escaped East Germany in a homemade hot air balloon. They flew for 28 minutes at βˆ’8 Β°C (18 Β°F) with no shelter as the gondola was just a clothesline railing. They landed just 10km (6.2 mi) from the border. The escape was planned out over 1 and 1/2 years and took 3 attempts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eas…
20 people were killed at an Italian ski resort in 1998 when a US Marine Corps aircraft, flying over 1,600 feet below minimum height standards, cut the cable supporting their gondola. The pilot was acquitted of manslaughter, and the United States reimbursed 75% of Italy's victim compensation fund en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cav…
La Paz, Bolivia, uses aerial gondolas for city transportation instead of subways or streetcars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mi_…
Germany has 'Tauchgondeln' [diving gondolas]. They're tourist attractions where a pressurized room on a pole gets lowered down into the sea. They're unique to Germany and there are only four of them. de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tau…
Volkswagen uses a Gondola to transport their cars between their factory and the test track. (Doppelmayr Funitel VW Bratislava, Slowakei) youtube.com/watch?v=CQIwI…
In 1960, a man named Joe Kittinger ascended to the edge of space in a balloon's gondola, parachuted back to earth and set the record for highest freefall time.com/3874416/joe-kitt…
A Canadian university on a mountaintop is considering to install a gondola. Many frustrated students get passed by buses due to long lineups and there are β€œsignificant” environmental benefits to an aerial link over diesel buses burnabynow.com/news/gondo…
In 1998 an American fighter pilot flying well below the allowed altitude in Italy cut a gondola cable, killing 20 people, burned the video evidence and was subsequently acquitted of everything but obstruction of justice en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/C…
Only 3 to 4 Gondolier licenses are issued in Venice annually. To qualify, applicants must be able to finish an extensive training after passing a rigorous exam. There are only 400 licensed Gondolas operating in Venice today. venere.com/blog/venice-fu…
Gondolas are painted black because of a 17th century law to eliminate competition between nobles for the finest rig. ricksteves.com/watch-read…
The world's largest rotating gondola is located in Palm Springs, California. Giving you a spectacular view of the desert while riding up Mount San Jacinto. pstramway.com/history.htm…
By 2017 a 420-acre attraction on the Grand Canyon will have an Imax theater, retail shops, hotels, an RV park, and a 1.6-mile-long gondola tram, a terraced β€œriverwalk” and a food pavilion. takepart.com/article/2015…
Soviet Colonel Pyotr Dolgov died during a 93,970 ft skydive (similar to Felix Baumgartner's) when he struck his helmet against his gondola and cracked his visor, causing his suit to depressurize. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyo…
There is a law in Venice that all gondolas must be painted black. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gon…
A man left our atmosphere using a helium balloon and a gondola and reentered it by jumping from the gondola youtube.com/watch?v=Y08X5…
A Gondola car is an EPA approved container type to ship waste in. ercweb.com/resources/view…
Today I learned of the 1998 Cavalese cable car disaster when a US Marine Corps aircraft flew into the support cable of a gondola in Italy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cav…
Venetian gondoliers use 'fΓ³rcola', a hand-crafted piece of wood with specific curves and 8 points of control, to steer gondola by placing the oar at a certain angle, changing speed and direction en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F%C…
The traditional Venetian gondola is made of 8 types of wood, has 280 pieces, and the building of it is controlled by law en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gon…
All gondolas are required to be painted in black by law in Venice. britannica.com/EBchecked/…
Venice Beach, California was originally a huge resort built in 1905 to resemble Venice, Italy, including canals and gondola rides en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ven…

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