Watch the Air Force Launch a Hypersonic Sled at 6,599 MPH! [VIDEO]

Paul Hair

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How fast is 6,599 miles per hour? Mach 1? No. Mach 2? Nope. Mach 3? Still, no. It is Mach 8.6, and back in 2019, the U.S. Air Force launched a sled at this velocity on its high-speed test track at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico. Yesterday, DVIDS published video of it, which you can watch above.

And if you are thinking, “Where have I seen something like this before?” the answer probably is: in the movies.

Charlie Sheen and Nastassja Kinski rode a similar sled in Terminal Velocity (1994). (That’s right folks, I watched Terminal Velocity!)

And then there was Indiana Jones who also rode a sled in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008).

The high-speed sleds in the two movies were clearly portrayed as going a lot slower than the one in real life. After all, if they weren’t, the characters in the movies would not have had a chance at surviving.

So that’s a little bit of fun and a little bit of fiction-meets-real-life (or real-life-meets-fiction) trivia for today.

Top Video: Holloman Air Force Base is home to the High-Speed Test Track. This was a hypersonic test that traveled Mach 8.6, which is 6,599 mph which is over one mile a second. Video by Crosby Shaterian.

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