Modern Marvels

Season 9 Episode 8

Bullet Proof

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Feb 19, 2002 on The History Channel
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Bullet Proof
How do you stop a speeding bullet? From body armor to armored cars and trucks, we review the history of the race between the bullet and a successful way to stop it. It's not exactly easy to design material that can catch gunfire traveling up to 3,000 feet per second. We'll look at little-known advances like bulletproof layering hidden in walls, futuristic smart materials that "remember" how to stop a bullet, and a system that deploys a shield within milliseconds when it detects an oncoming round.moreless
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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (6)

      • Some Australian banks use spring-loaded bulletproof screens or cages to foil robbers. At the push of a button the screens pop up instantly, isolating robbers from bank personnel. The cages spring up to trap robbers until police arrive.

      • In a record-setting 2004 test, an Australian inventor's bullet-resistant glass withstood the explosion of a five-ton bomb.

      • Kevlar was patented in 1966.

      • The armoring of a passenger car can cost up to one hundred thousand dollars - not including the cost of the original vehicle.

      • In his 1903 story The Land Ironclads, H.G. Wells described a self-propelled, armored military vehicle - 13 years before tanks appeared on World War I battlefields.

      • The saying "a flash in the pan" originated when gunpowder in the firing mechanism of a musket rifle was ignited and quickly burned without launching the bullet.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Narrator: Cars impervious to bullet attacks right down to the tires. Armored glass and people caught in the line of fire who survived. So how do you stop a speeding bullet? Now: Bulletproof, on Modern Marvels.

    • NOTES (1)

      • Bob Weber
        Ballistics Director, Armor Holdings

        Harry Truman (archival footage)

        Rick Gonzales
        Senior Ballistics Technician

        William Wiesner
        Test Engineer, Aberdeen Test Center

        Mike Ladika
        Southwest Research Institute

        Walter Nelson
        Military Historian

        Dr. David Boyd
        National Institute of Justice

        Dr. Aaron J. Westrick
        Second Chance Body Armor

        Dr. James Walker
        Principal Scientist, SwRI

        Joel Moskowitz
        CEO, Ceradyne, Inc.

        Walter Blethen
        Test Director, Aberdeen Test Center

        Sgt. Rich Hart
        Commander, Yorkville Police Dept.

        Officer Donald D. Barklow
        Galena Police Department

        Sgt. Paul Pietrantoni
        Special Weapons Team, LASD

        Javier Trevino
        President, Safeguard Security Services

        Leslie Kendall
        Curator, Petersen Automotive Museum

        Trent Kimball
        President, Texas Armoring Corp.

        Dr. Tony Russell
        O'Gara-Hess & Eisenhardt

        Tommy Harden
        Loomis, Fargo & Co.

        John Weaver
        VP Engineering, Ibis Tek

        Lt. Donald Schwartzkopf
        Team Leader, Yorkville Police Dept.

        Dr. Gareth McKinley
        Hatsopoulos Microfluids Lab, MIT

        Executive Producer: Don Cambou
        Writer: LaRayne Decoeur
        Writer: Lars Ullerg
        Producer: LaRayne Decoeur
        Producer: Lars Ullerg
        Line Producer: Paul Dzilvelis
        Supervising Producer: Henry Schipper
        Consulting Producer: Ron Nelson
        Associate Producer: Bob Petrella
        Associate Producer: Kristina Djokic
        Associate Producer: Lara D. Tabor
        Narrator: Max Raphael
        Editor: Arthur Springer
        Editor: Lou Laprocido
        Producer: Bruce Nash
        Creator: Bruce Nash
        Music: Alan Ett Music Group
        Production Manager: Shelia Collins
        Post Producer: Scott Berkson
        Post Producer: Tim Knauff
        Director of Rights & Clearances: Katie Del Core
        Director of Research: Hildie Katibah
        Director of Research: Allison Boon
        Production Controller: Dani Eslin
        Accountant: Linda Scribner
        Accountant: April Brown
        Accountant: Sheridan Liu
        Accountant: Diana Stolpe
        Researcher: Uldis Balodis
        Researcher: Bradley Combest
        Researcher: John Knapp
        Coordinator: Boni Osmani
        Coordinator: Brad Skiles
        Clearance Coordinator: Lawrence Givens III
        Clearance Coordinator: Aaron Zober
        Post Coordinator: Terrence Hartwell
        Voice Over Coordinator: John Knapp
        Assistant Editor: Laura Steinhoff
        Assistant Editor: Josh Beckham
        Assistant Post Coordinator: Alexander Rubinow
        Post Assistant: Jeremiah Dockray
        Post Assistant Rob Harrington
        Post Assistant: Gaylen Kobayashi
        Camera: Art Kibby
        Camera: Lon Magdich
        Camera: Mark Morris
        Camera: Josh Morton
        Camera: Dylan S. O'Brien
        Camera: Jesse Phinney
        Camera: Bud Solem
        Camera: Mike Stephen
        Camera: Warren Watson
        Field Audio: Jeff Eargle
        Field Audio: Robert Landau
        Field Audio: Ted Piton
        Online Editor: John Price
        Sound Mixer: Ed Thacker
        Animation: Chaz Waters
        Graphics: Barry Hill
        Footage Consultant: Ted Troll
        Historical Consultant: Walter Nelson

        Special Thanks:
        Patty Corle, Corning Museum of Glass
        Jeff Hedgecock, Historic Enterprises
        IFilm's Warzone Channel
        National Institute of Justice
        Nick Taylor, Bullet Proof Me

        Historic Firearm provided by the collection of David Weidner

        Programming Coordinator: Michele Wilcox
        Executive Producer: Beth Dietrich-Segarra
        Produced by Actuality Productions, Inc.
        2002, 2006

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