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  1. Yes, that was a specially modified MC-130 that was designed to land on a soccer field as part of the hostage rescue. It would never have become common, or safe. The design used a series of rockets to decelerate and stop before then accelerating and providing additional lift for takeoff. While testing, the rockets designed to bring the aircraft to a sudden stop were fired early and the entire aircraft was destroyed.
  2. Oh I agree completely that they changed everything about the car. But the starting point for '73 was significantly different than for a 2nd gen Chevelle which may have made the final product easier in some way.
  3. Per Wikipedia, the '73 did have those kind of improvements: The chassis design was as new as the bodies - with an all-new, sturdier perimeter frame, new chassis/body mounts, larger 8½ inch rear axle, wider 6-inch wheel rim width, refined rear control arm bushings, increased front and rear suspension travel, new shock absorber location, and improved front suspension geometry[26] - The left wheel was adjusted to have slightly more positive camber than the right which resulted in a more uniform and stable steering feel on high-crown road surfaces while maintaining excellent freeway cruise stability. Clearances for spring travel were also improved for a smoother ride over all types of surfaces; the coil springs at each wheel were computer-selected to match the individual car's weight. Front disc brakes were now standard on all '73 Chevelles. John Z. DeLorean, Chevrolet's dynamic general manager during the design phase of the new Chevelles, left just as they were being announced. He departed in late September 1972 to start a brief stint as vice president of General Motors's Car and Truck Group. DeLorean left the new Chevelle an important legacy, though. He and Alex Mair, then Chevrolet's chief engineer, championed great handling. Critics compared the GM Colonnade line favorably to Ford and Chrysler intermediates which had unattractive styling and less interior room.[27]
  4. I have always heard it as this: In college you learn that Biology is Applied Chemistry; Chemistry is applied physics; and physics is applied math.
  5. Just watched these and they are certainly unique.
  6. I considered that too, but given that the MRs is Toyota I didn't think it was as likely.
  7. The car that was supposed to ape is one of the examples of classic American muscle that I love.
  8. That was very poignant for me today, thank you. Good words to live by.
  9. No thanks. It isn't something that I find bad, but it doesn't appeal to me. Then again I also am pretty particular about American muscle.
  10. I take it back, here are two others I would consider: And even the Supra is just because it is impressive how easy they are to make huge power with.
  11. Between those and Nissan Z cars, you have most of my interest in Japanese automobiles. (The remainder is in the Mazda Miata) ETA: I can appreciate a few others but have no interest in owning one.
  12. Just read earlier today that Mazda confirmed they would be using a Rotary engine in the upcoming electric car as a range extender. Not sure what I think about that. If you are just charging a battery it seems like you could use a standard four stroke engine and have no issues since it can be tailored to operate at just one speed.
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