Modern Marvels

Big & Small

Season 16, Ep 13, Aired 5/6/10
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  • Episode Description
  • Size does matter. We'll size up the biggest of machines, and their smallest counterparts. First we go to France to find out what goes into assembling the world's largest jetliner, the Airbus A380. Then, fly with microjet pilots in the world's smallest jets. Witness a race between a huge Boss Hoss 425 horsepower motorcycle and an 18 inch tall pocket bike. Take the world's smallest production car for a ride and see just how many choir members we can fit into a super-sized limousine. See a mammoth Caterpillar front loader in action, in an open pit coal mine, and dig up the backyard with a loader that's no bigger than a lawnmower. Finally, walk inside an enormous diesel engine powering an 80,000 ton container ship and eyeball a tiny one driving a five pound model airplanemoreless

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  • Quotes (1)

    • Narrator: Some are huge, some are tiny, there's nothing average about them. They're powered by the ton or by the ounce. They can fly a whole town or a single thrill seeker. And what happens when they go head to head? Just wait and see. Now, it's Big & Small, on Modern Marvels.

    Trivia (4)

    • At takeoff, the four 14,000 pound A380 engines create a thrust equal to the power of over 3500 family car engines.

    • In 2006, Alex Tague, a 5 foot 10 inch tall motorcyclist reached a minimoto land speed record of 78 miles per hour on a 14 inch tall bike.

    • Elvis Presley not only owned several enormous Cadillac Eldorados and limos, but also owned and drove a Messerschmitt microcar.

    • There are currently over 400 994F Caterpillar front loaders moving mound and mountains on six continents.

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