MythBusters

Season 4 Episode 28

22,000 Foot Fall

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Dec 13, 2006 on Discovery Channel
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Adam and Jamie explore the improbable survival of a WWII gunner with some of the biggest explosions in the show's history! Can someone fall 22,000 feet and be saved by a bomb? Also, the Build Team explores light-bulbs and energy usage. Does leaving the light on help?moreless

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  • A huge thank you to MythBusters! ^__^

    10
    I'm so grateful for the light bulb experiment. Not because of the costs associated with light bulb usage but because of those around the issue of energy efficiency. In my efforts to leave as small an ecological footprint as possible, I have long used compact fluorescent bulbs. Upon moving to a new apartment this summer, with a fluorescent kitchen light, I was worried about how much energy was being wasted each time I turned it on (and used it sparingly, relying mostly on the smaller compact fluorescent light). I suppose I could have researched it, but I guess it never occurred to me. Anyway, I was thrilled to learn that a regular fluorescent bulb uses the same amount of energy as a compact one -- the only difference comes when it is initially turned on. Great news! However, it seems LED lights are even more efficient, so I'll switch to those in the future. It's also refreshing to learn that all the years I've spent switching off lights when they aren't being used has, indeed, been the right thing to do.



    Obviously, the main myth about the 22,000 drop was interesting as well, but the light bulb one made my environmentalist heart tingle with glee.moreless
  • Adam and Jamie tackle the myth; can someone survive a 22,000 feet fall by a bomb going off from below?

    9.1
    This episode was just great. It had everything anyone would ever wanted to see; Explosions, falling, wreackage, and alittle comedy. I'm always satisfied to see Adam and Jamie creating - with some help of others - a bomb and destroying stuff, but hey, it's part of there job. The energy myth was always to be one people would believe for years to come. Does simply leaving on the light save you some green, or is it a electric guziler. The build team tackle the myth, with many, but the same results. Turn off your lights, it saves you some money.moreless
  • it's cool.

    8.4
    the myth is that a fighter pilot fell out of his plain in some war and he fell from 22,000 feet, he was falling and a bomb blew up in a train station under while he's in the air the bomb went off under him and the shockwave from the blast pushed him up a little and he was pushed just a little bit above the ground and landed on his feet, great episode.moreless
  • Two main myths in this episode: can the shockwave of an exploding bomb cushion a falling gunner in WWII? And is it better to leave your lights on all the time because of the startup energy consumed when lights are turned on?moreless

    7.4
    This episode was wracked by mediocrity. The main myth involving the WWII gunner was interesting, but the experiment wasn\'t well executed. I felt that in the end they couldn\'t draw any actual conclusions from the final experiment, thus making it feel somewhat of a failure. The explosion of the bomb was quite spectacular, but it didn\'t serve much purpose because of the guy wire failure (and thus the body analog was not where it should have been).



    The other myth was fairly interesting. I enjoyed finding out how little energy is consumed from turning lights on, and the end prognosis seemed to be backed up by experimentation.



    It\'s a good episode for the typical Mythbusters junkie, but it\'s not going to win fans or be at all revolutionary.



    Grade: Cmoreless
  • Did a WW2 Gunner really survive a 22,000 foot fall because a 150lb bomb went off underneath him?

    9.8
    This show is awesome! 22,000 feet tall is one of my favorite episodes ever. Not only does it have the biggest explosion in Mythbusters history (Making it Jamie's favorite) but it also was surprising that the Bomb Squad or whatever let them pull it off! When they showed it in the high speed camera you could clearly see the Shock wave. I'm not going to tell what happends just in case you haven't seen it, or if you did you would already know what happends so there would be no reason for me to tell you. Lets hope they come out with some more awesome Mythbusters!moreless
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