Episode 10: Explosive Decompression, Frog Giggin', Rear Axle
- A bullet can cause explosive decompression in an airplane: busted
- A bullet used as a fuse in a truck can fire and injure a person: busted
- American Graffiti steel cable + police car scene: busted
The coolest segment from this episode was the explosive airplane decompression segment. Jamie and Adam drove out to an airplane graveyard in the Mojave Desert and found an old passenger jet that they sealed up and pressurize. They also placed crash test dummy Buster in a passenger seat at ground zero for their series of experiments: 1) Firing a handgun through the skin of the aircraft. Result: nothing happened. Buster didn't even flinch. 2) Firing a handgun through the window of the aircraft. Result: same as before, nothing happened.
At this point the segment was getting really interesting for me, because it had dispelled my Hollywood-driven belief that a firing a gun on an aircraft would puncture the skin, which would then expand into a large hole, sucking out the evil villain or unidentified extra.
Having demonstrated that the conditions for the myth were false, Jamie and Adam went bigger to try and get the actual result:
3) Blowing out the window of an airplane. Result: Buster's arm was sucked through the opening, and probably would have dismembered a real human being. However, the hole did not expand, and the other passengers probably would have been fine.
4) blowing out a large section of the plane. This was the traditional grand finale where Jamie and Adam go overboard with explosives. The explosive blew out a huge section next to Buster, causing a large roof-section to be torn off as well. It was really awesome. Buster remained seated on the airplane, though he was covered by seats that had been ripped towards the hole.
The other cool segment from this episode tried to replicate the scene from American Graffiti where a steel cable is attached to the rear axle of a police car. The police car takes off to make chase but the cable rips off the rear axle. Jamie actually built a remote control police car to do this. This seems to be a popular project idea for Discovery Channel shows (Junkyard Wars, Monster Garage). Jamie's R/C police car was easily better than the Junkyard Wars cars, which hardly functioned. As for the Monster Garage R/C car, the police car didn't have as big of an engine, nor could it shift gears, but it appeared to not have the steering issues that doomed the Monster Garage car. Then again, the segment focused very little on the actual building/driving of the R/C car.
The last segment was a short one about using a .22 caliber bullet as a automobile fuse. As the story kind of goes, some people were returning on a trip and shorted a fuse. They used a bullet as a fuse and continued driving. Later on, the bullet suddenly fired and hit the driver in a sensitive area. The story, as attributed, was apocryphal, but they discovered that if you do create a short in the electrical system, the bullet will fire. However, due to the housing, it doesn't fire with nearly the same amount of force as it would from a gun (Buster was fine afterwards).