Guy Abandons - Been?... Oh! - collection.Subject: Darwin Awards (1995) For some people going really fast just isn't enough. They want to go ballistically quick. Wile E. Coyote from the Road Runner cartoons was one such character and a recent story from the United States details the final moments of a human who seemed to think of the indestructible coyote as a wize role model. It began when the Arizona Highway Patrol came upon a pile of smouldering metal embedded into the side of a cliff rising above the road at the apex of a curve. The wreckage resembled the site of a plane crash, but it was a car. Expert later worked out what happened. Somehow a gung-ho go-faster kind of guy had gotten hold of a JATO unit (Jet Assisted Take Off) - a solid-fuel rocket used to give heavy military transport planes an extra "push" for taking off from short airfields. He drove his Chevrolet Impala out into the desert. He attached the JATO unit to his car, jumped in, got up some speed and fired of the JATO. The facts as best as could be determined, are that he hit the JATO ignition about 4.8km from the crash site. The JATO should have reached maximum thrust within five seconds, causing the Chevy to reach speeds well over 560km/h and continuing at full power for an additional 20-25 seconds. The driver/pilot most likely would have experienced G-forces usually reserved for dog-fighting F-18 jocks under full afterburners, basically rendering him insignificant for the remainder of the event. The car remained on the highway for about 4km before the driver somehow managed to apply and completely melt the brakes. The car then became airborne, travelling 2200m, hitting the cliff at a height of 37m and leaving a blackened crater 1m deep. Most of the drivers remains were not recoverable, but small fragments of bone, teeth and hair were extracted from the crater and fingernail and bone shards from the steering wheel.
(Tuesday, 21 May, 2019.)