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This is a true story. After you read this report you'll understand the title!

"The Arizona Highway Patrol came upon a pile of smoldering metal embedded 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 lab finally figured out what it was and what had appened. It seems that a guy had somehow gotten hold of a JATO unit (Jet Assisted Take Off - actually a solid fuel rocket) that is issued 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 and straight stretch of road. 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 the 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 speeds well in excess of 350 mph and continuing at full power for an additional 20-25 seconds. The driver, and soon to be pilot, most likely would have experienced G-forces usually reserved for dog fighting F-14 jocks under full after burners, 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, then becoming airborne for an additional 1.4
miles and impacting 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 shards were removed from a piece of debris believed to be a portion of the steering wheel.

Epilogue:It has been calculated that this moron easily reached Mach 1, attaining a ground speed of approximately 420 mph."
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actually to reach mach 1 on land you'd have to be doing nearly twice that speed. the speed of sound decreases with altitude.
 

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I heard this one years ago ass well. I figured it was false because if anyone were to actually do that with a JATO there would be film of it somewhere. I'm sorry but you dont just strap a JATO to the top of yer car and light it up with out a camera rolling.


Just sayin is all
 

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um....ok
I have afterburners
lol
 

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Wow, thats pretty crazy.. it would be better it it was a trep though, LOL.
 

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thats an old urban legend.

heck even Darrell waltrip told a similar kind of story on a commercial!
 

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I believe the speed of sound is about 645mph.

Besides, if u think about it, it's impossible what this guy did. You'd lose control long before you hit 420mph.

[ February 09, 2002: Message edited by: Black94ES ]
 

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I think 645 is about right, I know that they have hit over 700 MPH on land though, thats crazy stuff, all they did was take the speed limiter off a trep. LOL.
 
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