In the 1960's the US Air Force forced live black bears to ride rocket sleds and ejected them from jet planes at Mach 2 speeds youtube.com/watch?v=98cXG…
In 1984 NASA crashed a fully fueled Boeing passenger jet, with crash dummies as passengers and pilots into the Mojave desert. The crash was filmed from multiple angles at high speed in 16MM film. The knowledge gained from this test lead to major changes in airline flight safety standards. supercluster.com/editoria…
In 2016 the Norwegian Airforce transported a ECMO machine needed by a critically ill patient by fighter jet theaviationgeekclub.com/t…
A Sperm whale can click at about 236 decibels, making it the loudest animal on Earth. Some researchers believe they can contact each other in the ocean even from opposite sides of the planet. For comparison, a jet engine takeoff registers 150 dB. NASA's Saturn V rocket launch registered 204 dB. youtube.com/watch?v=zsDwF…
In 1990, a man scaled an airport wall without a stitch of clothing, fought off four security guards, stole a Jeep, and drove it into a running jet engine. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Floppy disks are still the preferred way to update jumbo jets inputmag.com/tech/floppy-…
In the original StarWars movie, the prop for Luke's Lightsaber was made from a Graflex Flashgun, sliding glass cabinet grips and calculator parts. Kenobi's Lightsaber was put together with a sink knob, a browning machine gun booster, a WWI rifle grenade and a part from a Rolls-Royce jet engine. nofilmschool.com/Original…
Experimental jet-engined trains were actually a thing back in the 1960s. The Black Beetle reached a speed of 183.68 mph, an American rail speed record that still stands today. youtube.com/watch?v=1m1p1…
Joe Namath was actually drunk when he made his famous "guarantee" that the New York Jets would beat the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III. webcitation.org/67vz1aSjf
That comedian/magician Penn Jillette holds a patent for the Jill-Jet, a hot tub jet specifically angled for female masturbation en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pen…
Jet aircraft actually do sound louder in extreme sub zero temperatures. startribune.com/why-do-ai…
Today I learned of the Battle of Palmdale: in 1956 a radio controlled Hellcat drone intended for target practice went awry; two jets sent to shoot it down before it crashed into LA fired 208 rockets. No hits were made and instead burnt down 1000 acres of land. The drone then crashed harmlessly into the Mojave. youtube.com/watch?v=yipdl…
"Lawnchair Larry" Walters in 1982 put giant balloons on a lawnchair and launched himself (along with food, beer, & a pellet gun to pop balloons --thus control elevation) 16000 feet up; jets saw him. He lost the gun overboard & drifted 45 min to land in power lines. He lived & was arrested. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law…
When popping a cork from a champagne bottle, the resulting jet from the gas mixture exceeds Mach 1 advances.sciencemag.org/c…
Today I learned about Captain Eric Brown, a WW2 Royal Navy test pilot, who had flown 487 different types of aircraft, including captured enemy aircraft. He also still holds the record for the most carrier deck landings and take offs and many aviation firsts such as first jet landing on a carrier deck. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eri…
Lockheed's first fighter jet design, the L-133, was far more advanced than their later P-80 (first operational US jet fighter), but the Air Corps wasn't interested. avgeekery.com/the-starjet…
The reason the US firebombed Japan during WWII was because the previously unknown (to US) jet stream caused high altitude, precision bombing to be impossible due to its impact on airspeed and aircraft vulnerabilities. airspacemag.com/as-next/a…
Mike Vitar, who played Benjamin Franklin "Benny the Jet" Rodriguez in The Sandlot assaulted a man on Halloween in 2015 because he thought he was handing out drug-laced candy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mik…
Mark Zuckerberg once lost a game of Scrabble to a teenager on a corporate jet. This frustrated him so much that he built a computer program to find him all the word options for his letters theguardian.com/technolog…
A fed up Jet Blue flight attendant announced his resignation over the PA system upon landing. He then grabbed 2 beers from a beverage cart and exited by deploying the plane’s emergency slide. history.com/this-day-in-h…
In addition to its work with NASA, such as the Crew Module for the Orion spacecraft, and its work for the military, such as the F-35 fighter jet, Lockheed-Martin processes child support payments under contract for a variety of state and local governments washingtontechnology.com/…
A 16 year old survived a five hour flight inside the landing gear of a jumbo jet from San Jose, California to Maui, Hawaii. He blacked out on takeoff and the plane went to 38,000ft meaning temperatures of 75-80 below zero and a lack of oxygen probably leading to "a state of suspended animation." cnn.com/2014/04/21/us/haw…
The UK's military satellite system, which have links to unmanned drones and fighter jets, is called Skynet en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sky…
Led Zeppelin bought their private jet β€œThe Starship” for part of their 1973 US tour for $30,000. Drummer John Bonham once flew the band from New York to LA even though he didn’t have a pilot’s license. led-zeppelin.org/the-star…
"Jet Ski" is a brand name owned and trademarked by Kawasaki. The more correct term is personal watercraft (PWC), water scooter or comically, a boatercycle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Per…
Donnie Yen and Jet Li were childhood classmates in their martial arts school scmp.com/lifestyle/entert…
Jet Li was a Chinese citizen until 2003, United States citizen from 2003 to 2009, and has been a naturalized Singaporean citizen since 2009. He was said to have chosen Singapore for its education system for his two younger daughters. wikipedia.org/wiki/Jet_Li
James Lovelock started defining the idea of a self-regulating Earth ("The Gaia Hypothesis") controlled by the community of living organisms in September 1965, while working at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California on methods of detecting life on Mars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gai…
Underwater explosions can be used to manufacture complicated jet engine parts and missile cones in a process that's called "explosive forming". engineeringclicks.com/exp…
In 1968, in protest of the UK government cutting military funding, a Royal Air Force pilot went rogue and flew a Hunter jet low over parliament, rattling their windows, before tucking through a gap just 200 ft wide in Tower Bridge. The stunt remains as a record to this day. youtube.com/watch?v=Gavx5…
While experimenting on a jet pump project for NASA in his bathroom in 1982, Lonnie Johnson shot a stream of water across the room and thought, "This would make a great gun." The Super Soaker went on to make him some $73 million in royalties.⁠ ⁠ wikipedia.org/wiki/Lonnie…
After WWII Rod Serling (Creator of The Twilight Zone) made money testing military parachutes. On one occasion, he made $1,000 testing a jet ejection seat that had killed the previous three testers en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod…
At the 1999 US Open, Phil Mickelson’s caddie wore a beeper the whole tournament awaiting a message that Phil’s wife was about to go into labor with their first child. Phil also had a private jet on standby at a nearby airport to get to the hospital for the birth. pgatour.com/news/2014/06/…
Jack Ma, one of the world's richest men, made a short martial arts film in 2017 where he fights and beats screen legends including Jet Li, Tony Ja and Donnie Yen. youtu.be/wfS9Uf5SKu8
In 2013 Surveyors Found Part of A Landing Gear From One Of The 9/11 Jets Wedged In Between Two Buildings Blocks From Ground Zero, A Full 12 Years After The Tragedy bbc.com/news/world-us-can…
During World War II, the US developed a very fast, thin, sturdy fighter plane, the XP-79. In addition to being a bomber, it was also designed to ram into other planes at high speed to bring them down. One of the US first jets. It was nicknamed the "Flying Chainsaw" and "Flying Ram" historynet.com/jack-north…
A French man was surprised by his colleagues with a free ride in a French Air Force fighter jet going 870 mph (but had never said he wanted such a ride). He panicked, accidentally grabbed the ejector button and ejected himself at 2,500 ft altitude. He parachuted safely to to the ground. cnn.com/travel/article/fr…
In 2009, China produced the film, "The Founding of a Republic", to mark the 60th anniversary of the People's Republic of China, with actors such as Donnie Yen, Jackie Chan, Jet Li. While Taiwan has asserted that it has no plans to actively censor the film, it has yet to be released there en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In the 1960's, Chrysler created a car, the Chrysler Turbine, that could run on many alternate fuels, including: kerosene, jet fuel, perfume, tequila, peanut oil, soybean oil, and furnace oil! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
For $255,500 you can buy a package that lets you celebrate New Year's Eve in Sydney from 8pm - 2am, then fly on a private jet that arrives in Los Angeles at 8:30pm Dec. 31st, where you can celebrate New Year's Eve all over again. businessinsider.co.za/new…
The first ever Super Bowl halftime show didn't feature award winning musicians, but rather two men flying around with jet packs. The spectacle was witnessed by 60,000 in attendance and 50 million watching at home. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
Today I learned about Air Sinai - a highly secretive paper airline flying unmarked EgyptAir jets between Cairo and Tel Aviv. It was established as part of the 1979 Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty, but the animosity between Arabs and Israelis following the Intifada resulted the airline 'hiding' its operations. theglobeandmail.com/news/…
The reason Jet skis spray water out the back is for two reason, one to cool down the motor so I doesn’t overheat and two so it can be seen by other boats if it is crowded and or if they are to far away to make out what the item is! woodyswatersports.com/blo…
Today I learned of the Aircraft Nuclear Propulsion program, a failed project by the US Air Force to develop a nuclear powered jet engine en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air…
Israel’s El Al airline puts missile jamming devices on their jet airliners abcnews.go.com/Blotter/is…
Penn Jillette has a patent for "the "Jill-Jet", a hot-tub jet specially angled for allowing a woman to masturbate against the water stream." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pen…
The United States Government was in full support of the movie Independence Day [1996] offering real military uniforms and even jets until the film makers refused to remove Area 51 from the movie. The government withdrew all support. uproxx.com/movies/why-mil…
The "Death Star" galaxy 3C321, A pair of orbiting galaxies where one is blasting its companion with a powerful jet of radiation. The ray so far has extended over 850,000 light years since its beginning. chandra.harvard.edu/photo…
In 2008 famous DJ deadmau5 missed a flight in Spain just seconds after the jet bridge was closed, upsetting the DJ because he was late for another show. The air plane barely took off before crashing and killing 152 people youtu.be/z_3SxGUxEx8

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