G.I. Joe Paratrooper Hang-Time Contest Results

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At the end of May,
I suggested a contest to see how much hang-time a G.I. Joe paratrooper action figure could get.  We had several great suggestions in the comments – ranging from water-balloon sling-shots, rockets, and water-rockets.  Turns out the Kentuckiana
Joe Club
has been working on this since last year after a similar discussion in alt.toys.gi-joe, and the results are very impressive.

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On Friday – July 13th, the team brought out their new-and-improved water-rocket.  This one is designed specifically for launching G.I. Joe.  At apogee, inertia causes the capsule to separate and the parachutes to deploy allowing Joe to begin his descent.

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Last October, the team had an early-stage version of their current water-rocket.  They took video [from the ground and from Joe’s(!) perspective]:

There’s another
YouTube video of the radio-controlled, G.I.
Joe-sized recovery vehicle
going after the famed paratrooper.
It’s not to be missed. Extra points awarded for knowing the movie soundtrack used on this YouTube video…

So, a tip of the hat to the Kentuckiana Joe Club – so far, their Joe has the most hang-time.
(all images and video courtesy of the Kentuckiana Joe Club)

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