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    Did you know:

    Colonel Dr John Paul Stapp was a research officer at Edwards Air Force Base
    in California and, during the 1950s, investigated the effects of
    acceleration and deceleration on the human body, namely his own. He built a
    rocket powered sled and rode it 29 times, during which he suffered among
    many less serious injuries, concussion, retinal detachments, a hernia,
    several broken ribs, and two broken wrists.


    In his final ride, in 1954 at the age of 43, he and his sled accelerated
    from rest to 632 mph in 5 secs. But the test wasn't to see how fast it
    could go, it was to see how fast it could stop. From considerably faster
    than the cruising speed of a Boeing 747, he came to rest in 1.4 secs.
    During that time, Stapp decelerated at 40G. When he came round, he found
    that he was blinded on account of his eyeballs becoming temporarily fused
    to their lids. It was 30 years before anyone travelled faster on the
    surface of the planet. Incredibly, Stapp died peacefully at home four years
    ago at the age of 92. So who says speed kills?



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    cool, did he get his sight back?

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    What an absolute loon..... and top guy

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    Originally posted by jimmyboy69
    cool, did he get his sight back?
    yup, once the eyeballs detached from the lips. took about 3 days i think

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    Am I right in thinking he held the fastest (survivable) g force deceleration stop record until Martin Donnelly crashed his F1 Lotus, I think he beat the record by 59G.

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    what a mental bloke
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    Spare half a talent for an old ex-Repper?


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    Saw a documentry with him in it once.....top bloke

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    Originally posted by 2 black lines
    Am I right in thinking he held the fastest (survivable) g force deceleration stop record until Martin Donnelly crashed his F1 Lotus, I think he beat the record by 59G.
    Yes, I believe you are right

    And I did know about this guy - I dont think the word "loon" is enough ...........
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    After I shave my balls swarfega helps soothe, but means the hair grows back quite quickly, so give it a go

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