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Folks Of Interest Rest in Peace, Jessi...

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Jive-Bomber, Aug 29, 2019.

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  1. 1946caddy
    Joined: Dec 18, 2013
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    from washington

    You would never get enough altitude for the chute to open and be able to land. In a jet fighter , you only have to clear the plane and have enough altitude for the chute to open. How much propulsion would it take to project someone a few hundred feet in the air, from the ground, for this to work.
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  2. gimpyshotrods
    Joined: May 20, 2009
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    Some of you are real jerks.

    Others, borderline sociopaths.
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  3. A few thoughts on using an ejection seat.
    I had almost 5000 hours in single and dual engine fighter and fighter type jets where I wore a chute. I came close to having to use it a few times, but I was always lucky enough that my primary solution was succeful and I didn't have to go over the side.
    I did see a friend eject at approximately 100 ft altitude, and he made it, but the chute only swung once before he hit the ground.

    Our rocket seats were certified to 0 ft and 60kts, but that was with everything being ideal. If the fuselage was tilted, any angle at all reduced the chances of survival. Just as an example, a tilt of 30 degrees, would decrease the height the rocket would be able to attain by 50%.
    It also has to be considered that the driver would be getting buffited around so much in the out of control vehicle, that they might not be able to access the ejection handles and triggers. (The ejection, is a two step process. The pilot has to raise the handles to arm the seat, and then squeeze the triggers to activate the rocket).
    There would also be a maintenance issue. The rocket in the seat would require a technician that was conversant with all aspects of a highly complicated mechanism. The seat would also add a significant amount of weight and cost to the operation of the car.
    It would also be an armed explosive device, further complicating a rescue, in the event of a crash and the seat was not able to be used.
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    I have seen guys punch out off a carrier deck, screw up their backs but live to tell about it.
  5. Nicholas Coe
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    Nicholas Coe
    from Tontitown

    I hate seeing pictures of a crash as I open this thread. Here's a better one. RIP.

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  6. 5window
    Joined: Jan 29, 2005
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    Which side are you on?
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    That pretty much makes us representative of the general population, I'm sad to say.
  8. Maybe it's time to end all of the speculation, close this thread down, and let her truly rest in eternal peace.
    Joined: Sep 8, 2015
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    from West, TX

    I agree. Peace out.
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  10. I totally agree with you Don,

    We don't need to see any images of the accident it is time to move on. HRP
  11. gimpyshotrods
    Joined: May 20, 2009
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    There are more than two sides.
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  12. 5window
    Joined: Jan 29, 2005
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    I don't need to see crash pictures, and I certainly don't need TMZ. We can close this thread, but there are probably a majority of HAMBers who are speed fans and mechanics and will want to know what went wrong. If we don't know what went awry, how can it be avoided in the future? Perhaps we can just table our speculation until an official report is released. The sadness of it all won't go away for a while.
  13. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 18,643

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

    Fellas... I think it's human nature to wonder what went wrong. I think it's important for fellow racers in the same line of work to know what went wrong. And to some degree, I can understand someone that has the sort of morbid curiosity to see how it all played out.

    That all being said, it's too early really for any of that. And there's no real rational reason for anyone to argue about it... on the internet...

    It's far more appropriate to just show a little respect for Jessi.
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