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Old 03-06-2005, 12:55 AM   #1
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I was talking to a friend who suggested I get a JATO (Jet Assisted Take Off) and attach it to the roof of my Diplomat to use at the drag strip.
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This IS a JOKE. it'd probably rip the roof off before the car got up to speed.
http://darwinawards.com/darwin/darwin1995-04.html
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i always thought that story was a myth or something....i remember seeing that story some where
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They did it on Mythbusters.... got an old Dodge Challenger or something like that up to ~150mph? It was pretty cool. It never went airborne, which is what they were trying for, but it went fast.
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They did it on Mythbusters.... got an old Dodge Challenger or something like that up to ~150mph? It was pretty cool. It never went airborne, which is what they were trying for, but it went fast.
yup that is where is saw it
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You'd need a special license to use it at a track if you could find one that would let you regardless

Had me scared there for a minute!
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There was also a darwin award to someone who strapped it to a 60-something Impala and ended up embedded on the side of a cliff.
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That'* what we're talking about. It was bull. Never happened.
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There was also a darwin award to someone who strapped it to a 60-something Impala and ended up embedded on the side of a cliff.
If you scroll to the bottom of my post up top ^^^ you will find the link to the darwin awards site. I kinda doubt one of those could lift a 60-something Impala over 100 feet into the air for over a mile. Especially if they tried one on a Challenger(?) and could only get it up to 150mph and still stuck to the ground -a long shot from a land speed record, not to mention a factory 383, 440, 426, and maybe even a 340-6pk powered Challenger could probably do that same speed.
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Umm...
I don't know if you've seen the C-130 Hercules that they run around the air-show circuit?
6 JATO units, and it lifts off the runway and climbs at about 40* for several hundred feet.
250 with one strapped to the roof doesn't sound out of line.
The P-motor rocket that the Mythbusters used wasn't anywhere NEAR the size of a real JATO.
And the story originally was a mid-80s Impala, the guy hit a banked curve at around 250mph and went airborne, then hit the cliff. The way the story went, an old couple called the cops, and when the cops saw the rocket motor, they called the FAA, who called the Air Force, who hushed it up, because they didn't want to admit that someone just drove out of the base with a ten foot long rocket in their truck.
He was supposed to have burned off the brakes, the tires, the wheels, the suspension, and halfway through the floorpan when he hit the curve that threw him into the cliff, and the only reason the Air Force figured out it was a car was they found the Impala emblem that got blown off the car.
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if you get bored at work or school read this story, but its quite long. Its about how some people attached a JATO to a railroad type rig to get it to fly, pretty well written and interesting.

http://www.cultdeadcow.com/cDc_files/cDc-363/
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