05 February 2016

File this stuff under...

...party conversation mega ice-beakers...

Given that no one that night reported any macerated cars or demolished buildings and that the huge object had been launched nearly vertically, it likely came down in the desert somewhere in the wide vicinity of the test site in New Mexico.

It would have had some serious hang-time, though
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6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Amazing story, hank you for posting this!

Neo Conservative said...

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the actual credit should go to david thompson who posts a collection of links every friday consisting of offbeat, esoteric topics.

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Bill Elder said...

Loved that nuclear cannon/manhole cover story - I'm a sucker for hyper ballistics.

Speaking of projectiles "vaporizing";
I once over-amped some loads for a .220 Ackley Improved I was playing with - sent a 52gr sierra BT down range at 4197fps - unfortunately I couldn't find a commercial projectile in the 50-55gr range that would arrive at the target in one piece when launched at that speed so I toned the loads back - guess those thin copper jackets were fragging on the air pressure at mach 3.6 - also chewed up chamber throats and bore leads that .220 did. Went to a .17 for +mach 3 shooting and never looked back at the .22s

Anonymous said...

old white guy says..........very interesting.

Neo Conservative said...

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yeah... this stuff kinda grabs me too. fooling around with handloads & homemade pyro is about as close as any of the rest of us get to rocketry these days.

puts me in mind of how boys used to be allowed to play with dangerous toys... ie... back in the 80's, an old girlfriend's lithuanian grandfather told me stories about clearing his land near bancroft... back when you didn't need a binder full of paperwork to buy dynamite. him and his buddy were trying to blow a rock off his projected driveway on a hilly approach and started off real small with a quarter stick.

long story short they got impatient and taped up a bunch (forget how many) of sticks and almost fragged themselves when the rock went sub-orbital. crusty old guy, but he remembered that story very fondly.

this guy was a jeweller/watchmaker back in the old country and had emptied his store into his car and dumped it in a lake before fleeing ahead of the german advance. had a jewelry store in toronto for many years.

i remember he used to walk around his property with a long barrelled naval luger. when i asked about that, he replied that he was now a defenseless old man. (fwiw, he was about as defenseless as a wolf pack. i suspect the former owner of the luger would once have been able to testify to that). never seemed to have much trouble with trespassers as i recall.

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Bill Elder said...

Heh, good one Neo - those old guy were about the last generation of free men/real men before we descended into nanny state metrosexuality

My great Uncle had lots of stories about the pioneer generations in my family and the one thing they all had in common was a healthy distrust of government and total contempt for bureaucrats - if they could only see ...