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  • noun a parachute used to decelerate an object that is moving rapidly


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  • "As you old timers will know, the F-4 will not accept external power with a dead battery. Egress was called to remove the peso, and the crew chief and his partner pressed on with the battery change. With some time and patience, the battery was R2'd and the crew chief wanted to now lower the seat to make the rest of the battery install go easier. Now for those of you who have not worked the "G" model F-4, the wiring harness to the #7 c/b panel was longer than usual due to the sex change from from "E" to "G" configuration. This allowed the #7 circuit breaker panel to be set on the floor of the acft, while still attached to the cannon plugs attached to it. While sitting in the seat, he had his assistant apply power to the jet with a -60 power unit and lower the seat . Little did he know that he was pinning the c/b panel between the bottom of the seat and the floor. The scene now is that he is sitting on a seat that is on top of a live panel, which then proceeds to torch a hole in the rocket motor package. Needless to say the seat fired after a hole was burned through the rocket motor. When this thing went it scared the wholly living shit out me and my partner. The first thing that we thought was that maybe EOD was blowing up some stuff somewhere on base (that was a pretty common occurrence at Nellis). We both looked up to see an ejection seat in the air with the drogue chute just starting to deploy."

    - Brian Kidd, 'Powerful Accident',, cited 18 March 2009.

    Whoa there, somebody has the jargonator set to Full.

    March 18, 2009

  • Well, that does it. This needs to move to the 42 page.

    March 18, 2009

  • No, the drogue chute is that dinky little thing, like the one on the back of crazy-fast cars. Isn't it? Not the thing Dara Torres uses.

    March 19, 2009

  • Oh. But wouldn't that make it so that a crazy-fast car would have a lot of trouble building momentum? See, that's my point.

    Actually, that isn't my point. I don't have one.

    March 19, 2009